_____ and ____, you are here today in this beautiful place to express
your love for one another in the presence of your dearest friends and
family. You have a relationship already blessed with joy and
love, no more evidence required than the presence of sweetest Baby
S____, and also tested by trials and challenges that life brings...
Those challenges are nothing more than lessons shared for the purpose
of growth. Shared growth with a common purpose…
in heaven above please protect the ones we love. We honor all you
created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honor Mother
Earth and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger
through the seasons. We honor fire and ask that our union be warm and
glowing with love in our hearts. We honor wind and ask that we sail
through life safe and calm as in our father's arms. We honor water to
clean and soothe our relationship -- that it may never thirst for
love. With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for
harmony as we grow forever young together.
A popular reading for ceremonies: Apache Wedding Blessing
you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the
other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be
companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only
one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the
days of your life together. May your days be good and long upon the
earth. May the blessings of the Great Spirit, be with you to guide
you this day and forevermore....
is it that marriage, by whatever name, is a universal institution
among human beings everywhere? Don’t ask a theologian, don’t ask
a lawyer; this institution existed long before it was codified by
church or state.
Marriage is as much
a part of mankind’s evolutionary equipment as his eyes, and as
useful to the race as eyes are to an individual. It works, that’s
all: for all its faults it works far better by the only universal
test—survival—than any of the endless inventions that fools over
the millennia have tried to substitute for it.
partnership, mutual reassurance, someone to laugh with and grieve
with, loyalty that accepts foibles, someone to touch, someone to hold
your hand—these things are marriage, and it gives deep happiness to
those who share it.