Traditional Irish Blessing.
May the road rise to meet you,
May God be with you and bless you;
May the road rise to meet you
May green be the grass you walk on,
Apache Marriage Blessing.
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth for the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your life together. And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship - as they threaten all relationships at one time or another - remember to focus on what is right between you, not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the storms 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 takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
Hindu Marriage Poem.
You have become mine forever.
May the nights be honey-sweet for us.
God in heaven above
please protect the ones we love.
We honor all you created as we pledge
our hearts and lives together.
We honor mother-earth
We honor fire
We honor wind
We honor water
With all the forces of the universe you created,
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Lord, behold our family here assembled.
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Put on then, as Gods chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
1 Corintians 13:4-8
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not
arrogant or rude.
Submit yourselves one to another
as the fear of God. Wives, show reverence for your own husbands, as unto
the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the
head of the church and He is the savior of the body. Therefore as the
church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own Husbands
For no man ever yet hateth his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is a profound one and I am saying this as it refers to Christ and the Church; however, let husband love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respect her husband.
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up. Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him.
The Lord God said: It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him. So the Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all the wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.
So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said:
This one, at last, is bone
of my bones
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.
Then God said, "Let us make
man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of
the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth,
and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created
man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female
he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful
and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish
of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that
moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing
plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with
seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the
earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on
the ground everything that has the breath of life in it I give every green
plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and
it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning the sixth
From the beginning of creation
God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father
and mother, and cleave to his wife; and they shall be one flesh: so then
they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined
together, let not man put asunder.
The Jerusalem Bible Song.
2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7a
For love is as strong as death.
I hear my Beloved. See how he comes
See where he stands behind our wall.
My Beloved lifts up his voice, he says to me,
"My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock,
My Beloved is mine and I am his.
Love no flood can quench,
Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house, thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
Colossians Chapter. 3
12. Put on therefore, as the
elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness
of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
1. Though I speak
with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become
as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
Ecclesiastes Chapter. 4
9. Two are better than one;
because they have a good reward for their labour.
Ephesians. Chapter. 3
14. For this cause I bow my
knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Genesis CHAPTER 2
20. And Adam gave names to
all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field;
but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
1st John CHAPTER 4
7. Beloved, let us love one
another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God,
and knoweth God.
St John CHAPTER 2
1. And the third day there
was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there.
St Mark CHAPTER 10
6. But from the beginning of
the creation God made them male and female
Romans CHAPTER 12
9. Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Ruth CHAPTER 1
16. And Ruth said, Entreat
me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for wither
thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people
shall be my people, and thy God my God.
Solomon's Song CHAPTER 2
10. My beloved spake, and said
unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Solomon's Song CHAPTER 8
6. Set me as a seal upon thine
heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy
is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath
a most vehement flame.