Short Christian Ceremony

We are her today to join in holy matrimony, ___________ and ___________.

Love is something over which we have not control. We can wish for it, long for it, but all on our own, even with self discipline, we cannot insist it into being. Therefore, when love finds us, when that special person crosses our path, it is truly a gift. Today's celebration of marriage, bonding ___________ and ___________ is indeed a happy occasion.

One of the most important steps in a person's life is the decision to link that life to another in marriage. A true loving marriage is a lifetime of giving, for love is something you do.

In an age where sorrow and hard times can break people apart, you two have chosen to weather your storms together. When she cries or is frightened, you will hold her close for comfort. When he is confused and uncertain, you will reassure him of your trust,, faith and understanding. When you both are surrounded by a storm too hard to handle, you may look to family and friends to help guide you through.

Let us pray

Oh Lord, we praise You for the awareness that You care about every endeavor of our lives especially our relationships that lead to marriage. Bless, then, this special occasion as ___________ and ___________ come before You to link their lives together in this ceremony of commitment. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.

___________ place the ring on her finger and repeat after me

I ___________, take you ___________ to be my wife, with your strengths and with your weaknesses, to always be loyal to you, in health or illness, to share what I have and who I am, to laugh with you in the good times, to struggle with you in the hard times, throughout our lives.

___________ place the ring on his finger and repeat after me

I ___________, take you ___________ to be my husband, with your strengths and with your weaknesses, to always be loyal to you, in health or illness, to share what I have and who I am, to laugh with you in the good times, to struggle with you in the hard times, throughout our lives.

For as much as ___________ and ___________, have promised one another that they will live together in the holy estate of matrimony, that they will be true to each other, that hey will build a life of mutual love and constant loyalty, in that they have witnessed the same with their vows and the giving of rings, it is my joy to pronounce that from this day forward, in the sight of goad and the laws of this state, they are now husband and wife.

___________ and ___________ ___________, may you live in peace together, sharing a love that bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.