Long Christian Ceremony

We are here 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.

What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. Believing that these two know the kind of lifetime commitment they are about to enter into, it is my privilege to ask, who gives this woman to be married to this man?

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

(Join hands and face each other)

___________, do you take ___________ to be your lifelong partner and friend? To cherish, to protect, to laugh with and cry with and love from this day forward? and do you find in her the qualities you respect, admire and share, that you can live with for the rest of your life?

___________, do you take ___________ to be your lifelong partner and friend? To cherish, to protect, to laugh with and cry with and love from this day forward? and do you find in her the qualities you respect, admire and share, that you can live with for the rest of your life?

Deep friendship gives you that special person to lean on. Respect is to be shared equally. Peace gives you a chance to grow. Joy is to share with those you care so much. Love will bond you together. But laughter, that is such a magical emotion, it should always be an important part of your lives together.

When companions share a sorrow, the sorrow is halved; when the share a joy, the joy is doubled. The real developing of your marriage will take the rest of your lives. The two of you must patiently build the foundation of your marriage one day at a time, and in the process, you will become one!

These are two very important ingredients in a successful marriage. The first is a gift. Now gifts are important to commemorate special occasions so don't neglect giving gifts to each other. But don't forget, the most precious gifts of all are non-material. The giving of yourself your time, your personhood, your words like "I love you"; not being afraid to say "I'm sorry". It's the gift of total commitment.

The second ingredient is purpose. Everyone needs a purpose; every marriage needs a purpose. Marriage is not two people standing eye to eye; you're standing shoulder to shoulder, looking toward similar goals and by solid communication you will discover goals for your home and life together.

___________ 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.

Let us pray

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen.

The rings you have just exchange are not what will make your marriage work, nor will they keep your love strong. You have to do that together for yourselves and the families you are bonding together. These rings are symbol of your belongingness; a symbol of your love and devotion. I want you both to remember, you do not love each other because you need each other, rather, you need each other because you love each other.

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 they will build a life of mutual love and constant loyalty, in that they have witnessed the same with their vows and giving of rings, it is my joy to pronounce that from this day forward, in the sight of God 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.