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Rob & Julie’s Wedding Ceremony

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Robert and Julie –Today you arrived as individuals, but you will leave here as husband and wife, blending your lives, expanding your family ties, and embarking upon one of life’s grandest adventures. You have made the decision to help and understand each other, to build a family, to accept each other completely as you travel together through life’s journey.

Marriage is a commitment to life — and to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for growth and sharing that no other human relationship can equal— a physical and emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.

This marriage is a serious covenant made before God and before all of us as witnesses. In acknowledgment of its Holy Purpose and the power of the occasion, let us pray.

God of Love, who gives us the longing for, and capability of loving, we give you thanks for Robert and Julie, for their open hearts and willing spirits, and for the example of love that they embody here in our presence. Be with them on this joyous occasion of showing their love and making their vows; and be with us, their witnesses, that we may all be changed by what is said and witnessed here today. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Robert and Julie, the vows you are about to take are not to be taken without careful thought and prayer. For in them you are committing yourselves exclusively, the one to the other, for as long as you both shall live.

Within its framework of commitment and loyalty, marriage enables the establishment of a home, where through trust, patience and respect, the love and affection that you have for each other will develop into a deep and lasting relationship. We, who are witnessing your marriage, hope that despite the stresses inevitable in any life- your love and respect for each other, your trust and understanding of each other, will increase your contentment and heighten your joy in living.

In everyday that you live together, you will learn how to receive love with as much understanding as you give it. Find things within yourselves that you can share with each other. Be sincerely interested in each other’s happiness. Be constant and consistent in your love. From this comes security and strength. Commit yourselves fully and freely to each other.

The marriage into which the two of you are about to enter is one that you promise to fulfill, not for a limited time, but for the rest of your lives. The success of your marriage depends on the love and consideration that you foster and nourish in the years ahead. This marriage can only be created by loving purpose, be maintained by abiding will, and be bonded together by your love for one another.

Please remember that Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Please face each other and hold hands.

Robert, do you declare in the presence of these witnesses that you take Julie to be your lawfully wedded wife? If so, answer: I do.

Will you love her, trust and comfort her, honor and respect her, and be faithful only to her so long as you both shall live? If so, answer: I do.

Julie, do you declare in the presence of these witnesses that you take Robert to be your lawfully wedded husband? If so, answer: I do.

Will you love him, trust and comfort him, honor and respect him, and be faithful only to him so long as you both shall live? If so, answer: I do.

I Robert, do solemnly swear,
to take you Julie, to be my wife
I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health.
I will love and honor you all the days of my life,
Until death do us part.

I Julie, do solemnly swear
to take you Robert, to be my husband.
I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad,
for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health.
I will love and honor you all the days of my life,
Until death do us part.

From the earliest times, the circle has been a symbol of completeness, a symbol of committed love. An unbroken and never ending circle symbolizes a commitment of love that is also never ending. When either of you looks at this symbol, I hope that you will be reminded of your commitment, to love each other, which you have made here today.

Robert, take your ring for Julie and as you place it on her finger repeat after me.
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.

Julie, take your ring for Robert and as you place it on his finger repeat after me.
I give you this ring as a symbol of my love and commitment to you.

We ask that the Holy Spirit of love may deepen the lives of Robert and Julie. May the relationship, which today has been expressed, continue to grow in the years to come, and whatever changes time may bring, let this wedding ceremony remain as a treasured memory and a guide to life.

It is with abiding confidence and affection that we send you forth on your journey of life together. May you be filled with thanks and wonder, humor and hope, and perseverance so that you may grow in wisdom and grace. Those, whom God has joined together, let no one separate.

Robert and Julie, you have exchanged your vows, you have pledged your commitment to each other, and have declared the same by joining hands and exchanging rings. By the authority vested in me as a minister according to the laws of the State of New York, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now kiss your bride.

I would like to introduce to you Mr. and Mrs. Robert Reilly!

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