(Closed) wedding blessing/prayer??

posted 10 years ago in Secular
Post # 3
230 posts
Helper bee

We asked our really good friends – a couple, the man was one of our groomsmen – to do this for us, as a way to involve them. We are not religious, but they are a strong young Christian couple, and they know our sensibilities, and desires for something not too strong. The woman read from Corinthians I (you know, the passage that goes "Love is patient, love is kind…" and he just said a lovely general blessing. Nothing formal (we agreed not to have it be a "bow-your-heads-and-close-your-eyes" thing), he just said asked that our marriage be blessed and happy, etc.

It worked really well for us, and I think, appeased those in the crowd who were looking for something spiritual. 

Post # 4
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m going to have my mom read the ‘traditional irish blessing’ (may the road rise to meet you….) Some versions are longer than others, but I particularly like the stanza of:

"May God be with you and bless you.  May you see your children’s children.  May you be poor in misfortune, Rich in blessings, May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward."


Post # 5
378 posts
Helper bee

Here are a couple we considered:

Wedding Prayer
 By Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow,
for the health, the work, the food,
and the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.

Traditional Irish Blessing (the one that MerryC talked about above)

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you:
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.


We’re using this one as a reading at the ceremony – it’s a little long but I absolutely love it:

 “The Key To Love”
By Bridesmaid or Best Man Sharrie

“The key to love is understanding …
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures,
the little things that say so much by themselves.

The key to love is forgiveness ….
to accept each others faults and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting, but with remembering
what you learn from them.

The key to love is sharing …
Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together;
both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
to intensify your happiness.

The key to love is giving …
without thought of return,
but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.

The key to love is respect …

realizing that you are two separate people,

with different ideas;
that you don’t belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.

The key to love is inside us all …
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
that will take you to its threshold;
it is the continual learning process

that demands a lot of work …

but the rewards are more than worth the effort …
and that is the key to love.”


 Author Unknown

Love is a friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad.  It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weakness.
Love is content with the present. It hopes for the future and it doesn’t brood over the past.  It’s the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals.

If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack.
If you don’t have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough, so search for it, ask God for it, and share it!


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