Apache Wedding Blessing
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together 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, difficulties 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.
Cherokee Wedding Blessing
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 and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons. We honor fire and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts. We honor wind and ask that we sail through life safe and calm as in our father's arms. We honor water to clean and soothe our relationship -- that it may never thirst for love. With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony as we grow forever young together.
Navajo Wedding Blessing
Now you have lit a fire and that fire should not go out.
The two of you now have a fire that represents love, understanding and a philosophy of life.
It will give you heat, food, warmth and happiness.
The new fire represents a new beginning - a new life and a new family.
The fire should keep burning; you should stay together.
You have lit the fire for life, until old age separates you.
Native American Blessing
Great Spirit, Grant that our hearts may always be young and that our dreams may last forever.
Jewish Wedding Blessing
He who is the Al-mighty
and Omnipotent, over all;
He who is Blessed, over all;
He who is the Greatest of all;
He who is Distinguished of all;
Shall Bless the Chosson and Kallah.
An Irish Wedding Prayer
By the power that Christ brought from heaven,
mayst thou love me.
As the sun follows its course,
mayst thou follow me.
As light to the eye,
as bread to the hungry,
as joy to the heart,
may thy presence be with me,
oh one that I love,
'til death comes to part us asunder.
Scottish Wedding Blessing
May joy and peace surround you both,
Contentment latch your door,
May happiness be with you now;
God bless you evermore.
A Polish Blessing
Lord, we ask you to bless this family
With a warm place by the fire
When the world is cold,
A light in the window when the way is dark,
A welcoming smile when the road is long,
A haven of love when the day is done.
For the blessing of this home we give thanks.
German Wedding Blessing
With faith there is love,
With love there is peace,
With peace there is blessing,
With blessing, there is God,
With God there is no need.
A 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.
Catholic Wedding Prayer
Father, when you created mankind
you willed that man and wife should be one.
Bind [groom] and [bride]
in the loving union of marriage; and make their love fruitful
so that they may be living witnesses to your divine love in the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Hindu Marriage Poem
You have become mine forever.
Yes, we have become partners.
I have become yours.
Hereafter, I cannot live without you.
Do not live without me.
Let us share the joys.
We are word and meaning, unite.
You are thought and I am sound.
May the nights be honey-sweet for us.
May the mornings be honey-sweet for us.
May the plants be honey-sweet for .
May the earth be honey-sweet for us.
Muslim Marriage Poem
May your vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, sweet drink and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
your every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name, an omen as welcome as the moon in a clear evening sky....
May spirit enter and mingle in this marriage.
- Rumi (Kulliyat-i-Shams)
A Cherokee grandfather sitting with his grandchildren told them, “In life there is a terrible fight- a fight between two wolves.
One is evil: he is fear, anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity resentment, and deceit.
The other is good: he is joy, serenity, humility, confidence, generosity, truth, gentleness, and compassion.”
A child asked, “Grandfather, which wolf will win?” The elder looked him in the eye. “The one you feed”
"Treat the Earth Well; it was not given to You by Your Parents, it was loaned to You by Your Children...." (Native American Proverb)