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A Spiritual Wedding Ceremony

by Bishop Ann Williams-Fitzgerald

Eagle Lodge Spiritual Centre

A Celebration of Marriage

Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience, and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the joyous union of two people whose comradeship and mutual understanding have flowered in romance.

Today Groom and Bride proclaim their love and commitment to the world, and we gather here to rejoice, with and for them, in the new life they now undertake together.

The joy we feel now is a solemn joy, because the act of marriage has many consequences, both social and personal. Marriage requires "love," a word we often use with vagueness and sentimentality. We may assume that love is some rare and mystical event, when in fact it is our natural state of being.

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Cherokee Wedding Ceremony

Native American Style Wedding Ceremony

Brief Summary of the Ceremony:
The Native American Wedding Ceremony is one that takes place outdoors, with Father Sky as the roof of the most sacred cathedral, and Mother Earth at your feet to hold you, and the trees and plants to surround you and embrace you. The circle will be saged by the Minister, Sacred Tobacco given to the grandfathers & grandmothers of the plants and stone people as gifts for allowing us to do our ceremony in their space.

All the guests will be invited into the Medicine Circle – the Sacred Medicine Wheel that is symbolic of Life and the connection and Continuity of all living things. As they enter the Circle, they will be saged (cleansed and purified), and symbolically enter the womb. For when you leave the circle, you are reborn as anew: a married person – not just to each other, but to the family and their community, and they to you.

 

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Rose Exchange Ceremony

It is with special privilege to present to you your first gift as a married couple: a red rose… a magnificent creation of God, and the symbol of love, and my gift to you is a gift of LOVE.

"Will you please exchange your roses? In this exchange you have given to each other your first gift as husband and wife, which, of course, is the Gift of Love…

It is my hope that wherever you make your home, that you will find a mutually agreed and special place to put a vase for red roses.

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Wedding Rings Blessing

Ring Blessing

Circles have no beginning and has no end, and so in the long and sacred tradition of marriage rings have come to symbolize eternal love and endless union of body, of mind, and of the spirit. They have been given by lovers to each other as tokens of faith, trust, and hope as well as a tangible sign of a promise given and kept through the days of their lives together.

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Blessed Virgin Mary