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Irish Blessing

May God be with you and bless you, May you see your children’s children, May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings. May you know nothing but happiness, from this day forward.

 

The Peace of God

May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ: and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.

I declare that the blessing of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and also the blessing of all of us will remain with you as husband and wife.

 

Two souls united in the “lasso” of love.

A white ribbon, called a “lasso,” is draped around the necks of the newlyweds to symbolize their joining together.

Presentation of Guardian Angels to Children

Just as Bride and Groom are joined together as man and wife, they are also being joined together into and part of a larger family; this includes Child(ren)

And so these Guardian Angels will always remind Child(ren), that today is and always will be a special day. It is a day when (#) become one.

May the God who gives us peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being spirit, soul, and body free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful.

Food and Drink for the Soul

This ceremony is another option for including children in the ceremony where the family shares both bread and drink together.

Chalice is held up for all to see

“The chalice is a symbol of Divine Love, the well spring or vessel

of the heart, of rebirth, creation and limitless potentiality

Bride and Groom take the chalice

They face each other, each with both hands on the chalice

Bride, drink of Groom’s love and let it touch your heart.

Groom gives Bride to drink. Bride drinks, they kiss.

Groom, drink of Bride love and let it resonate through to your soul.

Bride gives Groom to drink. Groom drinks, they kiss.

By drinking in of the promises that you make this day ensures that neither of you shall ever again thirst for total love, acceptance, understanding or companionship. Now as you hold the chalice in your hands feel how great your love is for these children.

Groom and Bride put their feelings into the chalice

Child and Child drink of your parents love and know that you are as you have been, a family. They love you more than words can express, and as time goes by remember, you all drink from the same cup.

Groom and Bride, still holding chalice together, give

Children to drink, The children drink, Parents kiss them,

Couple gives chalice back

Bread is held up for all to see

Bread is representative of the Earth’s bounty. As food nourishes the body, so does love nourish the soul. In this manner so shall each of you be as sustenance to the other.

Groom and Bride take the bread

They break off a piece of bread and together they feed each other.

They kiss, then give each of the children bread and a kiss.

Remember now, as you feed each other, you will never again hunger in your heart or in your soul. For families eat from the same plate and if ever one should be lacking the others will have plenty to share”

 

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