Our Ceremony Information
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Welcome statement by Father John Michael
I, Eric, take you, Rebecca, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
I, Rebecca, take you, Eric, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.
From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of commited love. An unbroken and never-ending circle symbolizes a committment of love that is also never ending. As often as either of you looks at that symbol, I hope that you will be reminded of the commitment to love each other, which you have made today.
I, Eric, give to you, Rebecca, this ring as a symbol of my commitment to love, honor, and respect you.
I, Rebecca, give you, Eric, this ring as a symbol of my commitment to love, honor, and respect you.
Prayer of the Faithful (this was omitted because of my father being hospitalized. He said another prayer, but for the life of me, I cannot remember what he said). I love this prayer, so I'm putting it here.
As we celebrate this wedding today, we honor the memory of Marcy, the mother of Rebecca. She is with us today in our hearts. The love that she gave Rebecca lives on in the love Rebecca brings to this marriage.
Eric and Rebecca, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have commited here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of your individual containers of sand into one, representing all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these individual containers of sand are poured into the main container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be.
Holy Father, Creator of the universe, maker of man and woman in your own likeness, source of blessing for married life, we humbly pray to you for this woman who today is united with her husband in the sacrament of marriage. May your fullest blessing come upon her and her husband so that they may together rejoice in your gift of married love. Lord, may they bth praise you when they are happy and turn to you in their sorrows. May they be glad that you help them in their work and know that you are with them in their need. May they pray to you in the community of the Church, and be your witnesses in the world. May they reach old age in the company of their friends, and come at last to the kingdom of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.