Wedding Powers

Weddings, Blessings and Services by Rev. Powers

Readings & CeremonyAdditions

There are many wonderfull readings and poems that can be added to your ceremony in order to make it uniquely yours. Here are a few favorites...

A WEDDING PRAYER


Father of mankind, whose nature is love, look with favor upon this woman and this man who desire to make their vows before you. We are grateful for the providence that has led to this union. Grant this to be more than an outward union, but also the blending of hearts and spirits and purposes. Bless each with the inward qualities of integrity, trust, cooperation and forgiveness, that they may live together in love and peace. Amen.

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 storm 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 takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight.


THESE I CAN PROMISE
Author Unknown

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;

I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;

I cannot promise you an easy pathway

That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise all my heart's devotion;

A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;

A love that's ever true and ever growing;

A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

From ESSENTIAL RUMI
by Coleman Barks

When I am with you, we stay up all night,
When you're not here, I can't get to sleep.
Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.

PERFECT LOVE
by René Duvall

Because you are my love, 
I know the joy that comes from feeling closer to someone
than I've ever felt before.

Because you are my love,
 I know the passion of wanting to share everything I have,
 everything I am with you and only you.


Because you are my friend,
 I know that I can count on you to hold my hand through the rough times 
and to be there to share the good times, too.

Because you are my friend,
 I'll always have someone to make me smile just when I need it most,
 to encourage me when I'm feeling confused or doubtful.


And I know that I must be one of the luckiest people in the world
 to have someone like you.

The perfect love and the perfect friend.
TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSING


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,

May you be 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. 
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD

Author Unknown


From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.


Modern Version of FIRST CORINTHIANS

Love is patient and kind;
love is not jealous or boastful;
it is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrong,
but rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.

From ESSENTIAL RUMI
by Coleman Barks

The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you,
not knowing how blind that was.

Lovers don't finally meet somewhere,
they're in each other all along.

OUR FAMILY

Author Unknown


Our family is a circle of love and strength.
With every birth and every union,

the circle grows.
Every joy shared adds more love.
Every obstacle faced together

makes the circle stronger.


A RED, RED ROSE 

by Robert Burns


A Red, Red Rose

O MY Luve's like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June:
O my Luve's like the melodie
That's sweetly play'd in tune!

As fair thou art, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a' the seas gang dry:

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt with the sun;
I will luve thee still my dear,
When the sands of life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve,
And fare thee weel a while!
And I will come again , my Luve,
Tho' it were ten thousand mile.

ESKIMO LOVE SONG
Author Unknown

You are my husband (wife)
My feet shall run because of you
My feet shall dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes see because of you
My mind thinks because of you
And I shall love because of you.


TRUE LOVE

Author Unknown


True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.

LOVE

by Roy Croft


I love you
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.

I love you,
Not only for what
You have made of yourself,
But for what
You are making of me.

I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;

I love you
For putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over
All the foolish, weak things
That you can't help
Dimly seeing there,

And for drawing out
Into the light
All the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find

I love you because you
Are helping me to make
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple.

Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.

I love you
Because you have done
More than any creed
Could have done
To make me good.
And more than any fate
Could have done
To make me happy.

You have done it
Without a touch,
Without a word,
Without a sign.

You have done it
By being yourself.
Perhaps that is what
Being a friend means,
After all.

THE COLOUR OF MY LOVE
by David Foster and Arthur Janov

I'll paint a sun to warm your heart
     Knowing that we'll never part.
I'll draw the years all passing by
     So much to learn, so much to try.


I'll paint my mood in a shadow blue,
     Paint my soul to be with you.
I'll sketch your lips in shaded tones,

     Draw your mouth to my own.


I'll trace a hand to wipe your tears
    And trace a look to calm your fears.
A silhouette of dark and light
    To hold each other oh so tight.


I'll paint the stars in the evening sky,
    Draw the light into your eyes,
A touch of love, a touch of grace,
    To softly fall on your moonlit face.


And with this ring our lives will start,
     Let nothing keep our love apart.
I'll take your hand to hold in mine,
     And be together through all time.


OUR LOVE

by Bruce B. Wilmer


Our love is something we have built
From passions, hopes and dreams.
It's safe from any passing moods,
Secure from all extremes.
It's something real and special,
Something solid, something pure.
It's something we can always count on,
ringing sound and sure.
It's something grounded in the heart,
Emitting confidence.
It lives in our emotions;
It is something we can sense.
Our love remains a binding force,
Resistant to all strife.
Amidst the outer pressures,
it's our anchor throughout life.

There are many traditions that can be incorporated into your ceremony to reflect your personal beliefs and background.

The First Gift

In many cultures couples exchange gifts on their wedding day. Ther are many options for this tradition.

Rose Ceremony
Flowers historically have been used as a way of communicating one’s feelings and sentiments. This ceremony is a way of expressing that sentiment and honoring your new status as husband and wife. Also, long after this ceremony, each time you look at a rose, or pass by a fragrant rose garden, you will be reminded of the love and joy that you felt on your wedding day.
Typically, the Rose Ceremony takes place at the end of the ceremony, immediately after you have been pronounced husband and wife. You begin the Rose Ceremony, by giving one another a rose.

Breaking of the Glass Ceremony


The Breaking of the Glass Ceremony occurs at the end of the wedding ceremony, immediately before “the kiss,” and serves to remind everyone to consider the marriage vows as an irrevocable act—just as permanent and final as the breaking of the glass is unchangeable.



Wine Ceremony

In many cultures, wine symbolically represents life or spirit and the offering and accepting of wine between two people signifies a commitment to an established agreement. The wine shared by the bride and groom during a wedding ceremony symbolizes their agreement in joining their lives (by the drinking from the same “Cup of Life”), and also the recognition that like a fine wine, the relationship will mellow and get better with age.

Communion/Bread Ceremony


The Ceremony takes place at the end of the wedding ceremony and serves as the first act of the bride and groom as a married couple. In the Christian act of Communion the bride and the groom partake of the Bread and Cup as an expression of their marital union in Christ and faithfulness to Him. Another more contemporary way to view the meaning of this ceremony is to recognize the embodiment of the spirit that Jesus represents. By partaking in the act of Communion the couple is inviting that spirit of the ultimate love and sacrifice into their marriage.


Hawaiian Lei Exchange

The Lei Exchange between the Bride and Groom may occur at the end of the wedding ceremony as the couple’s first act as husband and wife. Or, this exchange could occur at the beginning of the ceremony in place of the Dedication Blessing.


Ceremony Elements

Hand Blessing Ceremony

Hands are believed to be a connection to the heart, and the joining of hands symbolically unites two hearts. The Hand Blessing (also known as “Blessing of the Hands”) ceremonially signifies the bond of the heart in the promises being made between the bride and groom. This ceremony is commonly placed just before the exchange of rings.


Dove Release Ceremony


The ceremonial releasing of doves has been a custom for centuries. Doves choose one partner for life and make this commitment until death. The white dove has been used throughout history as a symbol of Love, Peace, Purity, Faithfulness and Prosperity. The release of the doves traditionally occurs at the end of the wedding ceremony (either after the Closing Blessing, or in place of the Closing Blessing).


Butterfly Release Ceremony


Butterflies may be released to symbolize wishes or blessings to be fulfilled for the marriage. During this ceremony, a wish or blessing is stated, or guests are asked to silently make a wish for the couple and then the butterflies are released. This signifies their wishes or blessings, being carried on the wings of the butterflies into the heavens to be granted. This ceremony is commonly placed toward the end of the wedding ceremony.



Celtic Hand-Fasting Ceremony

Hand-fasting was traditionally a very simple ceremony where the bride and groom faced each other and joined right hand to right hand and left hand to left hand and were bound by a ceremonial wrap or rope to signify their union in marriage. The expression “tying the knot” came from this Celtic marriage ritual. The Hand-fasting may be used in place of the Declaration of Intent, used as the conclusion of the ceremony, or serve as the complete wedding ceremony.

Celtic Trinity Ceremony


The Celtic trinity is an ancient profession of faith which maintains that trust in the soul (demonstrated in the drinking of the ale or wine), belief in the heart (demonstrated in the binding of the hands with rope) and faith in the mind (demonstrated in the lighting of the candles) are all that is needed to lead an honorable, loving and fulfilled life. This ceremony is commonly placed just prior to the ring exchange or at the end of the wedding ceremony.



Jumping the Broom or Branch Ceremony

The broom or branch represents a threshold (a place or point of new venture). The couple, although still individuals, are beginning a new life together as a couple. Jumping over the broom or branch represents crossing this threshold into new territory, a life genuinely connected to another’s. The leap that the couple takes over the broom or branch is also symbolic of the fact that starting a new life with another person does require a “leap of faith.” By taking the leap, the individuals make a gesture of dedication to working together through the challenges ahead. This ceremony is commonly placed at the end of the wedding ceremony.
Ceremony Elaments for Including Family

Including parents in the ceremony provides an opportunity for the couple to give recognition and communicate gratitude to those who were essential in the development of the bride and groom’s values that has led them to this moment.


Hawaiian Lei Presentation

The Lei Presentation ceremony provides the couple with an opportunity to demonstrate their appreciation for their family members by presenting them with a gift representing beauty and love.


Vows with Children


Something that is becoming more common is to include children in a family vow after the bride and groom’s vows. For example, “I, (Parent’s name), solemnly promise that I will care for you, love you and honor you.” (Some people also give a small medallion or piece of jewelry, saying something like, “Take this as a symbol of our family, and our love for you.”)


Sand Ceremony with Children


The Sand Ceremony represents leaving separate lives and joining to make one life together. The separate lives are symbolized by three or more containers of sand, in different colors. The Bride, Groom and children come together, and pour into one vase, their individual colors of sand. Their flowing together creates a design as they share their first experience of unity as a family. The newly formed union is represented by the intertwined pattern of sand created by the family. This symbol is then a keepsake of the wedding ceremony.


Remembrance


The Remembrance gives the bride and groom an opportunity to honor and remember loved ones who are unable to attend the wedding ceremony.


A WHITE ROSE

by John Boyle O'Reilly

The red rose whispers of passion,

And the white rose breathes of love;
O the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.


But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.