- 10 years ago
- Wedding: December 1969
Tomorrow, 10/3/08 I will perform a Hindu/Christian wedding ceremony. Both bride and groom are yielding traditional forms and their families support them. The wedding will be outside at the top of a beautiful hill in Forest Park, St. Louis, MO
I will create a ‘sacred fire’ for them using a very large shallow hand thrown blue pottery bowl filled with smooth river stones and fresh water. We will center it with a beautiful candle. The ceremony will be of my own writing. I’ve married 668 couples so far in 15 years. During the Seven Steps portion of the ceremony, they will circle the sacred flame and the words of the traditional Hindu wedding will be said in English. I wil give them an article–a feather for something that is of the wind, a seashell for something from the sea, etc. and they will lay these articles on the rocks at the base of the candle, honring the Earth and the spirit of nature as well as their hopes and dreams for the future.
Is it a totally traditional Christian wedding? No. Is it a Hindu wedding? No. Is is a pagan wedding? Definitely not, although it does honor the role of nature in our lives. What it wil be is a service that is sensitive to the beliefs of both families, combined in a totally original service which honors both families’ beliefs. I hope i can do it well. This will be my third such marriage ceremony.By the way he is Irish so we’ll end it all with an irish blessing.