| Our source material "Compose Your Own
Wedding" is offered to those happy couples who are continuing to celebrate
the commitment they made.
When couples seek to renew their vows we seek to offer something that
reflects their own reasons for renewal. The following is a recent
example of the beginning of a renewal ceremony.
We are gathered together to witness and celebrate the commitment
of marriage that Herb and Elaine have chosen to renew. Actually Herb
has chosen this event as an opportunity to share with his bride of twenty
three years and the “Brady Bunch” family of theirs, how important the love
they have together is to him. After talking with Herb I felt that
Sophocles stated so clearly what is in Herb’s heart: “One word frees us of
all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.”
It is with great honor that I join Herb and Elaine, their children,
Michael, David, Robert, Tammy, Wendy, Dina, their children’s mates, and
their grandchildren Madison, Caitlin, Jason, Samantha and Ryan in welcoming
everyone to this ceremony of renewal.
Marriage is an act of faith and a personal commitment as well as a moral
and physical union between you. Marriage has been described as the best
and most important relationship that can exist between two human beings.
It is the construction of your love and trust into a single growing energy
of spiritual life, it is a moral commitment that requires and deserves daily
attention since no earthly happiness exceeds that of a reciprocal satisfaction
in the marital state.
When marriage vows are renewed, it is an announcement to the world and
to each other that the love which was brought to the wedding day twenty
three years ago has grown deeper through the years.
In this particular situation it is also a recognition of the power love
has. Herb has expressed to me how this is his way of letting you
Elaine know, how much love and gratitude he feels for your love and devotion
that has sustained all of you through the difficulties of Herb’s illnesses.
The love you share now has grown deeper with the passing of each day and
Herb is taking this opportunity to show you in all ways possible what this
means to him.
The vows which you are about to make are as sacred as any that can be
made, all the more now because after twenty three years together you have
a deeper understanding and appreciation of what I am about to ask.
Herb, do you of your own free will and consent continue to choose Elaine
as your wife, to live with in the state of matrimony? Will you continue
to love her, comfort her, honor her, keep her in sickness and in health,
and keep to her forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
Elaine, do you of your own free will and consent continue to choose
Herb as your husband, to live with in the state of matrimony? Will
you continue to love him, comfort him, honor him, keep him in sickness and
in health, and keep to him forsaking all others, so long as you both shall
Herb's and Elaine's ceremony included exchanging rings
and acknowledging their wonderfully expanded family of children, step children,
children-in-law, and grandchildren.
Into The Garden by Haas & Mitchell
Weddings From The Heart by Kingma
The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant
Words For Your Wedding by Glusker & Misner
Diane Warner's Complete Book of Wedding Vows
For As Long As We Both Shall Live by Fritts
Compose Your Own Wedding Ceremony
by Dick & Nancy Weber (available through Unlimited Mind Publications
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