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Sample Ceremony 2 Commencement We are gathered here, not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather what already is! We do not create this marriage, because we cannot. But we can and do, however, celebrate with Bride, Groom, and their family and friends, the wondrous and joyful occurrence that has already taken place in their lives. So let the celebration begin! Dedication The miracle of love is like the miracle of a flower, it thrives upon the sunshine of a entwines itself around the heart. Its roots are secured in the memories of yesterday and its petals breathe the promise of joy-filled tomorrows. To be loved is to know happiness and contentment. To give love is to know the joy of sharing oneself. It is through the miracle of love that we discover the fullness of life. Bride and Groom, you have invited us to witness the happiness that you have found in each other. Are you ready to make the pledges to which you commit yourselves to each other in love?

Vows From this day on I choose you, my beloved bride/groom, to be my wife/ mate/ life partner, to live with you, and laugh with you, to stand by your side and sleep in your arms, to be joy to your heart and food to your soul, to bring out the best in you always and, for you, to be the most that I can. To laugh with you in the good times, to struggle with you in the bad, to solace you when you are downhearted, to wipe your tears with my caress, to comfort you with my body, to mirror you with my soul, to share with you all my riches and honors, to play with you as much as I can until we grow old, and still loving each other sweetly and gladly, our lives shall come to an end.

Rings May we please have the rings? A circle is the symbol of the sun and the earth, and of the universe. It is a symbol of wholeness, and perfection, and of peace. The rings you give and receive this day, then, are symbols of the circle of shared love into which you enter together as husband and wife.

Blessing Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Take responsibility for making the other one feel safe, and give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at sometime 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 the times when clouds drift across the face of the sun in your lives, remembering that, just because you may lose sight of it for a moment, does not mean the sun has gone away. And, if each of you take total responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be husbanded by abundance and delight.

Pronouncement With the sense of incomparable joy that you have found emotional sanctuary for your hearts, and that you have discovered your life's true love, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may seal your marriage with a kiss. Congratulations!

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