This marriage is a serious covenant made before God and before all of us as witnesses.
In acknowledgment of its Holy Purpose and the power of the occasion, let us pray.
God of Love, who gives us the longing for, and capability of loving, we give you thanks for
B ___________________ and G _______________ , for their open hearts and willing spirits, and for the
example of love that they embody here in our presence. Be with them on this joyous occasion of showing
their love and making their vows; and be with us, their witnesses, that we may all be changed by what is
said and witnessed here.
Father, you have made the bond of marriage a holy mystery, a symbol of Christ's love for his Church.
Hear our prayers for B________________ and G_____________________. With faith in you and in each
other they pledge their love today. May their lives always bear witness to the reality of that love
A Prayer as a Reading
"A Marriage Prayer" by Bud Henry Bowmen (adapted)
Bless this marriage, O God, as ____ and ____ begin their journey down the road of life together.
We don't know what lies ahead for the road turns and bends. But help them to make the best of whatever
comes their way.
Help them to hug each other often, talk and laugh a lot.
Help them to continue to enjoy each other as they did when they first met.
Help them to realize that nothing nor no one is perfect and to look for the good in all things and all people
Help them to respect each other's likes and dislikes, opinion and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears.
Help them to learn from each other and to help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Help them to realize that there is design and purpose in their lives as in the world, and if they will hold
onto each other, they will know that things have a way of working out for the good.
Help them to create for their children a peaceful, stable home of love as a foundation on which they can
build their lives.
But most of all, dear God, help them to keep lit the torch of love' that they now share in their hearts so that
by their loving example they may pass on the light of love to their children and to their children's children
We ask that the Holy Spirit of love may deepen the lives of B___________ & G _____________. May
the relationship, which today has been expressed, continue to grow in the years to come. And whatever
changes time may bring let this wedding ceremony remain as a treasured memory and a guide to life.
May they always experience that breathless wonder that exclaims: "Out of all this world, YOU have
chosen ME." When life is done and the sun is setting, may they be found then as now, still hand in hand,
still thanking thee for each other as they do on this day In your name we pray, Amen
Gracious God, our hearts are filled with great happiness on this the wedding day of _____ and _______.
They come before you, pledging their lives and their hearts to one another.
Grant that they may be ever true and loving, living together in such a way as to never bring heartbreak
into their marriage.
Temper their hearts with kindness and help them to be sweethearts, helpmates, friend and guide, and
together, may they meet the cares and problems of life more bravely.
May their home truly be a place of love and harmony where your Spirit is ever present. Bless their
wedding day, we pray, and walk beside them, through all their life together. Amen.
Dear God, look mercifully upon your children, ________ and ________, and be generous with them. Give
them a sense of joy, excitement, possibility, and challenge about what they are undertaking here, the
ever-unfolding and beautiful work of refining their spirits in the presence of each other's witness, of
becoming the bearers of your love.
Give them peace of heart and strength of spirit so they may honor the vows they make here today. And
may the promises they make here today inspire and instruct each of us who celebrates with them. Amen.
Today, as your two hearts unite, may God enter into your holy union and consecrate the love that brings
Any may you build together a lasting home, not of wood and stone and glass, but a mansion made of
many rooms, filled with shared experience and furnished with shared love.
And in your house of many rooms, remember to keep a place apart for thinking private thoughts, and
dreaming private dreams; a place where each of you can grow and share with God a private you in
contemplation and prayer.
And from this day until forever may the Lord remain with you always, to keep your love eternally young,
and your faith forever strong. Amen.
A Bride's Prayer
Oh Gracious God, my heart is filled with a happiness so wonderful that I am almost afraid. This is my
wedding day! and I pray thee that the beautiful joy of this day will never grow dim. Rather, may its
memories become more sweet and tender with each passing anniversary. Walk thou with us even to the
end of our journey, hand in hand, down the highway to the valley of the final shadow, which we will be
able to lighten with sunshine because of our love and happy lives. Amen.
A Groom’s Prayer
Oh Gracious God, my heart is filled with happiness so wonderful that I too am afraid. This is our wedding
day, a day of joy and happiness that words can not express. I pray that this day be the first of many to
come to share with one another in love and joy. Father bless our hearts and fill us with your love so that
we may share that love with one another from this day forth. Bless us financially and spiritually as we
walk together in your grace from this day forward. This I pray in your name Amen.