Irish Marriage 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.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
The Way -- Unknown origin
The way is long -- let us go together
The way is difficult -- let us help each other
The way is joyful -- let us share it
The way is ours alone -- let us go in love
The way grows before us -- let us begin
Native American Prayer
O Great Spirit, whose breath gives life to the world, and whose voice is heard in the
We need your strength and wisdom.
Cause us to walk in beauty.
Give us eyes ever to behold the red and purple sunset.
Make us wise so that we may understand what you have taught us.
Help us learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Make us always ready to come to you with clean hands and steady eyes, so when life fades,
like the fading sunset, our spirits may come to you without shame.
Salish marriage blessing
Now for you there is no rain, for one is shelter to the other.
Now for you the sun shall not burn, for one is shelter to the other.
Now for you nothing is hard or bad, for the hardness and badness is taken by one for the
Now for you there is no night, for one is light to the other,
Now for you the snow has ended always, for one is protection for the other.
It is that way, from now on, from now on. And now there is comfort.
Now there is no loneliness. Now forever, forever, there is no loneliness.
To the couple:
God the Eternal keep you in love with each other, so that the peace of Christ may abide in
To the people:
Bear witness to the love of God in this world, so that those to whom love is a stranger
will find in you generous friends.
A Marriage Prayer
Bless this marriage, as ____________ and ______________ begin their journey down the
road of life together. May they respect each other's likes and dislikes, opinions and
hopes and dreams, and fears even though they may not always understand each other.
May they rest in the knowledge that no matter what happens by holding on to each other
things will work out for the best.
Most of all, dear God, help them to keep the torch of love burning with the fire that they
now share in their hearts.
Apache Wedding Blessing
Now you will feel no rain
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now each of you will feel no cold
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness for you
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons
But there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
Native American Blessing
Great Spirit, Grant that our hearts may always be young and that our dreams may last
A Blessing Unknown origin
May your home be filled with laughter and the warm embrace of a summer
May you find peacefulness and beauty, challenge, and satisfaction, humor and insight,
healing and renewal, love and wisdom, as in a quiet heart.
May you always feel that what you have is enough.
United Methodist Hymnal
A responsive reading that incorporates popular wedding scriptures;
P: Pastor, C: Congregation
P: Let love be genuine and live in harmony;
hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good.
Outdo one another in showing honor;
be humble and never conceited.
C: Love is stronger than death
and jealousy is cruel as the grave.
Floods cannot drown love
and wealth cannot buy it.
P: Put love above all else;
let Christ's peace rule your hearts.
Always be forgiving,
as Christ has forgiven you.
C: Love is not jealous or boastful,
arrogant, rude or stubborn,
irritable, resentful or possessive.
Love is patient and kind.
P: Do not love in word or speech only;
love also in deed and truth.
Receive each other in sincerity,
find mercy and grow old together.
C: Love rejoices in the right;
it bears, believes, hopes and endures all things,
for love is faithful and endless.
P: When the lord builds the house,
the labor is never in vain.
C: Happy are those who take refuge in God;
those who serve the Lord are redeemed.
P: This is my commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
C: And two shall become one in love, for we are members of Christ's body.
A Wedding Wish
All earthly goods I wish thee.
All that's good for thee and thine
And still, not only earthly
But all we know to be divine.
May earth and heaven mingle
May earth and heaven be one
All through your earthly journey
Till sets your earthly sun.
In Sunshine and in shadow
Through dancing and in song
May heaven bless your union
Throughout your whole life long.