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blessings on a marriage

The first time I heard this next blessing was when I was the celebrant for a wedding in Maleny. It was held at the stunningly beautiful Solothurn Chapel. The acoustics in the chapel are divine!

This blessing is designed to be called by the reader with guests responding. At the wedding I attended, the mother and stepfather read each alternate paragraph. It worked really well.

The couple may wish to have the words on a service sheet that has been handed out prior to the start of the ceremony although, if delivered clearly by the reader, it is not essential.
We call upon all that we hold most sacred to: Bless the marriage of Susan and John!

We call upon the earth, our planet home, with its beautiful depths and soaring heights, its vitality and abundance of life, and together we ask that it: Bless the marriage of Susan and John!


We call upon the land which grows our food, the nurturing soil, the fertile paddocks, the abundant gardens and orchards and we ask that they: Bless the marriage of Susan and John!


We call upon the forests. The great trees reaching strongly to the sky with earth in their roots and heaven in their branches, the eucalypt, bunya, silky oak and wattle and we ask that they: Bless the marriage of Susan and John!


We call upon the moon and the stars and the sun, who govern the rhythms and seasons of our lives and remind us that we are part of a great and wondrous universe and we ask that they: Bless the marriage of Susan and John!


We call upon the family and friends of Susan and John, all those who love and cherish and sustain this couple and ask together that we: Bless the marriage of Susan and John!


And lastly we call upon the power and presence of divine love, on that which asks us to become greater than ourselves so that one may become two and two may become one and all together we joyously: Bless the marriage of Susan and John!

I have not been able to source the original author or culture from which this has been adapted. If anyone knows I would be happy to hear from you and rightfully attribute authorship.
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