We are religious, but we don’t really attend church that often and I wouldn’t say we’re overly spiritual people. Although we believe in God, the Bible, etc I felt like it would be a little phony to include traditional Biblical readings because I don’t feel it really represents us. We are using the following prayer (kind of long)
Alexandra, please face Michael, and hold his hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life.
These are the hands that will work along side yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your stomach, until he too feels his child stir within you. These are the hands that look so large and strong, yet will be so gentle as he holds your child for the first time.
These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief overwhelm you.
These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: eyes that are filled with his overwhelming love and desire for you.
Michael, please hold Alexandra’s hands, palms up, so that you may see the gift that they are to you.
These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young, and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she promises to love you all the days of her life.
These are the hands that will hold you in joy and excitement and hope each time she tells you that you are to have a child, that together you have created new life.
These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times. These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase down your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized.
Bless these hands that you see before you this day. May they always be held by one another.
Give them strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love.
Help these hands to continue building a relationship founded in grace, rich in caring, and devoted to reaching for protection.
May Michael and Alexandra see their four hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves.
When frustration, difficulty or fear assail your relationship – as they threatened all relationships at one time or another – remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part that seems wrong.
In this way you can ride out the times when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives – remembering that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.
And if each of you take responsibility for the quality of your lives together, your life will be marked by abundance and delight.
In as you have consented together in this ceremony to live in wedlock and have sealed your vows in the presence of family and friends and by the giving of these rings, it gives me great pleasure to pronounce that you are Husband and Wife.