Civil07

CIVIL CEREMONY #7

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BEST FRIENDS

PRESENTATION OF THE BRIDE
Who is it that brings this woman to this man?   /  
“I do”

TO GUESTS
We, as a community of friends, are gathered here to witness the marriage of _(Bride)_ and _(Groom)_ .
By our presence here, we all accept responsibility for helping _(Groom)_ and _(Bride)_ and for encouraging them in the new relationship into which they are about to enter. We are called to rejoice with them in their happiness and to help them when they have trouble.

TO COUPLE
_(Bride)_ and _(Groom)_ , today you are performing an act of complete faith, each in the other. This is the heart of the marriage relationship you are initiating today. In a world where faith often falls short of expectation, it is a tribute to you that you desire this depth of commitment and relationship.

_(Groom)_ and _(Bride)_ , remember to treat both yourself and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty or fear assail your relationship – as they threaten all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part that seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out times when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there. If each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your lives together, your life together will be marked by abundance and delight.

DECLARATION

_(Bride)_ and _(Groom)_, if you know any reason why you may not be legally married, I ask you to declare it now.

OR

_(Bride)_ and _(Groom)_, if there is any reason why you may not lawfully be married, I charge you now to declare it? For the marriage covenant must be made in a spirit of honesty and openness.

OR

_(Bride)_ and _(Groom)_ are about to commit themselves in marriage to each other. If anyone knows of just cause why they may not be lawfully joined in marriage, let them declare it or else forever hold their peace.

_(Bride)_ and _(Groom)_ , you receive each other from your fathers and mothers, who give you into each other’s keeping, by saying now, each to the other, words which will tell of your love.

VOWS

_(Bride)_ , please pass you bouquet to your maid of honor?  Will you please face each other and join hands?

_(Groom)_ , will you please repeat after me your vows to your bride?

_(Bride)_ , I choose you to be my wife,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward.
It is your intention
to be your best friend,
to respect and support you,
to be patient with you,
to work together with you
to achieve those things
that are important to us as a couple,
to accept you unconditionally,
to share life with you throughout the years,
to love and to cherish you
as long as we both shall live.

_(Bride)_ , will you please repeat after me your vows to your groom?

_(Groom)_ , I choose you to be my husband,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward.
It is your intention
to be your best friend,
to respect and support you,
to be patient with you,
to work together with you
to achieve those things
that are important to us as a couple,
to accept you unconditionally,
to share life with you throughout the years,
to love and to cherish you
as long as we both shall live.

RINGS
The circle reminded the ancients of eternity, for the circle is so fashioned as to have neither beginning nor end. So your wedding rings of precious metal are a fitting emblem of the purity and permanence of marriage. The gold of the ring is so incorruptible that it cannot be tarnished by use or time. So may your union be incorruptible in its purity and more lasting than time itself.

EXCHANGE RINGS

May I have the rings please?

_(Groom)_ , as you place your ring on _(Bride)_ ‘s ring finger would you please repeat after me you commitment to _(Bride)_ ?

Wear this ring forever,
as a symbol of my love for you
and of the delight and fulfillment
I desire to bring to the life
we will build for each other
in our marriage.

_(Bride)_ , as you place your ring on _(Groom)_  ‘s ring finger would you please repeat after me you commitment to _(Groom)_  ?

Wear this ring forever,
as a symbol of my love for you
and of the delight and fulfillment
I desire to bring to the life
we will build for each other
in our marriage.

PRONOUNCEMENT
Inasmuch as _(Groom)_ and _(Bride)_ have declared their love and devotion to each other before family and friends. By virtue of the powers vested in me by the Province of Ontario, it gives me great delight to pronounce that you are now husband and wife.

You may kiss the bride.

BLESSING
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be sanctuary to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no isolation for you.
Now there is no more loneliness.
Now you are two, but there is only one life in front of you.

SIGNING OF DOCUMENTS

SPECIAL MUSIC

ANNOUNCEMENT

It gives me great delight to introduce Mr. and Mrs. ———- .


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