A Wedding Blessing
My handsome husband officiated his first wedding yesterday. It was so special! It was the wedding of two of our dearest friends, a couple that we have laughed with, counseled, talked of good and hard things, and whom we love dearly. We are so thrilled for this new marital season them! And, if I may brag a bit, my John performed the ceremony so, so well! I'm so proud of him. He has spent many hours over the last few months drafting and practicing his officiant speech, and it really turned out wonderful.
At the end of the ceremony, John gave a final wedding blessing and prayer for the newly-married couple. I believe that the bulk of the prayer was taken from the Book of Common Prayer. If and when I find the speaker who stitched it together in this way I will update this post to give the proper credit.
I love this wedding blessing so much, especially the part where it lifts up other married couples witnessing the wedding--"that their marriages would be strengthened and their loyalties confirmed." I love attending weddings for this very reason, I am reminded of the vows that I made nearly 10 years ago, vows that I, in God's strength, will uphold till death do us part.
Most gracious God, we give you thanks for your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who has made the way of the cross to be the way of life. We thank you, also, for consecrating the union of man and woman in His Name. By the power of your Holy Spirit, pour out the abundance of your blessing upon this man and this woman. Defend them from every enemy. Lead them into all peace. Let their love for You be a seal upon their hearts, a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their foreheads. Give them grace when they hurt each other, to recognize and acknowledge their fault, and to seek each other’s forgiveness.
Bestow on them, if it is Your will, the gift and heritage of children, and the grace to bring them up to know You, to love You, and to serve You.
Bless them in their work and in their companionship; in their sleeping and in their waking; in their joys and in their sorrows; in their life and in their death.
Grant that all married persons who have witnessed these vows may find their marriages strengthened and their loyalties confirmed.
Finally, in Your mercy, bring us all to that table where Your saints feast forever in Your heavenly home; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.