Opening Prayer: (Optional)
Family & Friends, we have gathered here today with _____________________________ to give thanks for the gift of marriage. Good relationships never stop growing. Like fine wine, they get better with age. _____________________________ , you have been married _______ and through all the years of your journey together, you have now come to this beautiful setting, so that you could renew your commitment of love for each other. No marriage is perfect. As you continue in this union, you already know that it will continue to take a lot of love and work to keep your relationship an on going success. Many couples tend to think of marriage as a 50/50 proposition. Actually, the best relationships are 90/10. If you both will give 90% and take only 10%, you will have a formula to continue to bring both of you happiness for a lifetime. As you continue on your journey together, I ask you to remember this advice: Let your love be stronger than your anger. Learn the wisdom of compromise, for it is better to bend than to break. Continue to believe the best of your beloved rather than the worst. Confide in your partner continually and ask for help when you need it. Remember that true friendship is the basis for any lasting relationship. Give your spouse the same courtesies and kindness you bestow On your friends. And don’t forget to say “I love you ” every day.The Meaning of your Names
Exchange of vows:
With this understanding, do you ____________ ,continue to take _____________ as your beloved wife? Will you continue to be a tender, faithful husband? Will you continue to love and cherish her, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, for better or for worse, keeping yourself only for her, as long as you both shall live?? With this understanding, do you ____________ ,continue to take_____________ as your beloved husband? Will you continue to be a tender, faithful wife? Will you continue to love and cherish him, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, for better or for worse, keeping yourself only for him, as long as you both shall live??
________________________ you have rings as the outward symbols of your ongoing commitment to love each other. From earliest times, the ring has been a symbol of wedded love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a commitment to love, that is also never ending. ________, hold_________ hand, touch her ring, symbolically giving it to her again, and say to her these words. From this day on, I recommit myself to you, and may this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love. I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. ________, hold_________ hand, touch his ring, symbolically giving it to him again, and say to him these words. From this day on, I recommit myself to you, and may this ring forever be a symbol of my growing love. I promise to always stand by your side as your partner, your love and your best friend. Let these rings serve not as keys, unlocking the secrets of your hearts for each other to know, and thus bringing you closer together forever.
(Can add reading, poem, song, unity candle, communion here.)
Prayer of St. Francis Or Another Reading Of Your Choice Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is desire, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy’ O Divine Master, Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, To be understood as to understand, To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. ________________________, having witnessed your vows of affirmation with all who are assembled here, and By the authority invested in me, I do affirm that you have expressed your desire to continue as husband and wife.
You may seal your vows with a kiss. Ladies and gentleman, it is my honor to present to you once again as husband and wife: ________________________
PROVIDED BY: “Your Name Here”