Fiance and I are both virgins and both were given purity rings when we were teenagers, so we are going to exchange them during the ceremony. Here’s the general write up I did for it:
friend: I Thess. 4:3-7 reads, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.”
my dad: When Miss Galaxy was fourteen, she went to summer camp where she heard a message regarding the importance of purity. It was there that God impressed on her heart the desire to make a promise of her determination to conduct her relationships in a pure way. The next year her mother and I gave her a special gift, a purity ring, symbolizing the commitment she had made to keep herself for her husband. It is by God’s good grace that the promise she made has been kept. Mr. Galaxy, before this union, it has been my duty and my joy to protect Miss Galaxy, to guard her and to keep her safe from those who would harm her. It is with great pleasure that I present Miss Galaxy to you, as your bride, confident that you will now take on that role of protector, guardian, and keeper. (dad gives Mr. Galaxy the ring) (My dad will probably not say this word for word…this is just the general idea)
Mr. Galaxy’s dad: (he knows the details of Mr. Galaxy’s commitment better than me, so he will “make up” what he wants to say )
Then we are having the song “Faithful Friend” by Twila Paris and Steven Curtis Chapman sung.
@princs.sweetie: I think it’s awesome that you have recommitted yourself to purity! God is so good to forgive us and regard us as righteous! You could totally do something in your ceremony if it is important to you! You could say something like “Bride and Groom committed their relationship to purity, and it is with great joy they stand together, loving each other enough to wait.” Or if you are comfortable with it, you could address that you are not a virgin but that you renewed your commitment to purity–it could be cool testimony to others who have messed up in the past. You could say something like “The bride and groom recognize the sacredness and special nature of the marriage bond. <insert verse like I Thess. 4:3-7, etc.> Though Bride and Groom have not always made wise decisions in past relationships, God’s grace allows them to stand here before one another, forgiven and clean. What a wonderful gift to give to each other, knowing neither are perfect but also knowing they have both committed to striving to live in a way that honors God.”
I don’t know…whatever you are comfortable with. This was all just off the top of my head so I probably don’t have the best wording right now. Good luck, and congratulations!