I know this came up yesterday with Idas post on her ceremony but I wanted to show you what we are using for ours! Its a little different and a take on the hand ceremony but it also involves the married couples attending your wedding so here it is! Hopefully it can help someone
The Hands of a Bride and Groom
Pastor 1: We would like all married people who are here today with their spouses to stand up. If you are not standing beside your spouse, please rearrange yourselves a bit so that you are standing next to one another…. Please face one another.
Associate Pastor 2: Women, please take your groom’s hands in your own.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that held yours at your wedding mass as he promised to love you all the days of his life.
These are the hands that work along side yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands that comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief wracks your mind.
These forgiving hands reach out to you after hurtful words are exchanged.
These carefree hands help you discover all the wonders of the world.
These are the hands that say “I love you” in everyday gestures when the words are sometimes forgotten.
Pastor 1: Gentlemen, please take your bride’s hands in your own.
These are the beautiful hands that held yours years ago as she pledged her love and commitment to you all the days of her life.
These are the hands, a bit weathered now maybe, that provided confidence during times when difficult decisions needed to be made.
These are the hands that beckoned you back after you quit listening.
These are the hands that eagerly except new life.
These supportive hands, together with yours, helped you accomplish so much more than you ever could on your own.
These passionate hands pray with you and for you.
Assoc Pastor: Aaron and Maggie, please join the couples here today by standing up and holding one another’s hands.
These are the hands of the Sacrament of Matrimony. These four hands are your armor and shield against the evils of the world. They are part of God’s plan for renewing His Church. These hands can reach out to the lonely and discouraged, bring hope to the destitute in mind and body, heal the abused and hurting children, and show others the wonders of married love. These hands are the hope of a troubled humanity. For these are the hands that can change the world.
God, bless these hands that you see before you this day. May they always be held with love by one another. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in your grace. Keep them rich in caring, and devoted in reaching for your will. May all see their four hands as healer, protector, shelter, and guide. We ask this in your name. Amen.