Handfasting Ceremony

REV: You have been invited today to witness an echo of creation. Hear well,
see all, and remember for all time. You shall carry this promise back to the
world that it may be given force before man and spirit. Blessed welcome!

*********start music************ cannon in D (or other similar piece)

Attendant Procession

Rev hands unlit taper to primary female attendant (Maid or Matron of Honor).

REV: Be Blessed and well come to this place. Be free from care and healed of
harm while you sojourn here.

Rev hands unlit taper to primary male attendant (Best Man).

REV: Be Blessed and well come to this place. Be free from care and healed
of harm while you sojourn here.

********start music*************** Loreena McKennitt 'prelude' (or other similar piece)

Bride and Groom walk down aisle together, holding hands followed by a child
carrying hanging incense burner.

REV: Be Blessed and well come to this place. Be free from care and healed of
harm while you sojourn here. Well come all, and thrice blessed this place
and time that see’s two travelers find a common road.

REV: In the endless dark of the unborn world there came two flames becoming
one fire. Let Their flames burn in your hearts to bring light and warmth to
the night of your soul

Bride and Groom shall light their tapers from the respective altar candles

REV: As travelers do we set forth into the forest of life. We are called
into its reaches by the promise that there we will find peace and
completion. With no map to guide us we wander blindly, sometimes aimlessly,
with intuition and faith alone to serve as signposts. Travelers are we all.
We proceed from birth to death. From birth to death till some hidden time
when we have gained understanding to choose otherwise. With only instinct to
guide us we are cast at the edge of the forest by our birth. We may withdraw
in fear seeking company at the massed fires of those that prefer the known
empty plains to the dark and wild wood. Or we may wander aimlessly spending
life for naught. We may journey forward into it following our native sense.
Occasionally are we given to meet others, also tracking the wild paths. In
their company do we find a moments pleasure...company and conversation. In
time our paths diverge and they are called to their way and we to ours. Once
again do we move forward alone towards the distant call so faintly
heard...the far-off vision so dimly seen. But chance may find that upon the
passing of a stranger we find our ways the same and the company a pleasure.
If fate is kind we may find company to join us upon our way. The journey
shared. __Bride's Name__ and __Groom's Name__ have found each other in the dark
reaches of the wild wood. Through each others eyes do both see their vision more
clearly, with each others ears do they hear the call more plainly, and in each
others arms do they find greater strength than either alone possesses. For as
far as they can see their path is one...so too have they elected to be one.

REV: Let the fires within you intertwine and become a single source of light
upon your path.

Bride and Groom light the unity candle

REV: They will now allow their hearts to speak.

Bride and Groom turn to each other

GROOM: __Bride's Name__ you have embraced all aspects of my nature. You love me
completely, for both my strengths and my weaknesses. You have given me the
courage and faith to trust you, to let you love me as an entire person. You
have allowed me to embrace all aspects of your nature. You have let me love
you completely, for both your strengths and your weaknesses. You have shown
courage and faith in me, to trust me to love you as an entire person. I,
__Groom's Name__, with the knowledge and experience of the life we've lived together
choose to take you once again, __Bride's Name__, just as you are, and
however you may change, above all others, to share my life."

BRIDE: __Groom's Name__ you have embraced all aspects of my nature.
You love me completely, for both my strengths and my weaknesses.
You have given me the courage and faith to trust you, to let you love me as an
entire person. You have allowed me to embrace all aspects of your nature.
You have let me love you completely, for both your strengths and your weaknesses.
You have shown courage and faith in me, to trust me to love you as an entire person.
I, __Bride's Name__, with the knowledge and experience of the life we've lived together
choose to take you once again, __Groom's Name__, just as you are, and however you may
change, above all others, to share my life."

GROOM:(Takes cup from altar & kneels) With this cup, I promise to accept the
love you pour upon me, and to return that love in kind. (Bride takes pitcher
and fills cup)
BRIDE: Drink, then, of my love. (Groom drinks, places cup on table, and rises,
Bride takes up her cup and kneels)
BRIDE: With this cup, I promise to accept the love you pour upon me, and to
return that love in kind. (Groom takes pitcher and fills cup)
GROOM: Drink, then, of my love. (Bride drinks, places cup on table, and stands)

GROOM: With my breath I ask our God/Goddess to bless this union. (Takes cup from
table and speaks over it) With this drink I rebind my life to yours. (Groom
holds cup up, Bride places her hands over his)
BRIDE: I drink of our life together. (Bride drinks, Groom places cup on table and
stands. "With this cup I ask our God/Goddess (or both if you prefer) to bless this
union. (Takes cup from table and speaks over it) With this drink I rebind my
life to yours. (Bride holds cup up, Groom places his hands over hers)
GROOM: I drink of our life together. (Groom drinks, Bride returns cup to the
table)

Bride and Groom place hands on altar, Rev binds with silken cord

REV: May your spirits be bound, your minds be common, and your bodies be one
that none may come between you so long as your path is shared.

REV: Behold, the renewed, going forth as one. May their path be clear and
easy beneath their feet. Go forth and celebrate.

******** music: Boadicea by Enya (or other similar piece)



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