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Civil Ceremony #4

We are gathered today in the presence of these witnesses to celebrate one of life's greatest moments and give recognition to the worth and beauty of love as [GROOM] and [BRIDE] join in marriage.

Marriage is a legal commitment to the family unit that is recognized as a foundational cornerstone of a stable society.

Marriage is the personal commitment of two people who come together to join as one, not as two halves becoming whole, but as two individuals joining forces to become one in unity of purpose and commitment as they go through life together.

Marriage is a moral commitment that requires and deserves daily attention, and it should be a life-long dedication to the virtue of loving kindness, backed with the will to make it last.

Marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but with discretion and respect for the commitment it involves.

Therefore, I ask each of you...

[GROOM], do you fully desire and intend to join in marriage with [BRIDE] and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her? (I do.)

And, [BRIDE], do you fully desire and intend to join in marriage with [GROOM] and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him? (I do.)

Marriage is perhaps the greatest and most challenging adventure of human relationships. No ceremony can create your marriage; only you can do that – through love, patience and perseverance; through talking, listening, and learning to appreciate your differences and through giving value to the important things as you let go of the rest and learn to forgive. What this ceremony can do is witness and affirm the choice you make to stand together as partners in life from this day forward.

Do you have rings to exchange as a token of your vows? (We do.)

As a circle has no beginning and no end, so these rings symbolize the love you two share and the commitment you now make. Exchanging rings reminds you that no longer do you live for yourself alone, but for each other as well.

Would you turn and face each other...

[GROOM], would you place your ring on [BRIDE]'s finger as you repeat after me: I, [GROOM], take you, [BRIDE] to be my wedded wife... to have and to hold from this day forward... for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer... in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.

[BRIDE], please place your ring on [GROOM]'s finger as you repeat after me: I, [BRIDE], take you, [GROOM] to be my wedded husband... o have and to hold from this day forward... for better, for worse; for richer, for poorer... in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.

As you now embark on this new life together, remember that love which is rooted in faith, trust, and acceptance will be the foundation of an abiding and deepening relationship. No other ties are more tender, no other vows more important than those you now assume. From this day forward, the two of you are as one. Just as two threads woven in opposite directions will form a most beautiful tapestry, so, too, can your two lives woven together make a beautiful marriage.

Insomuch as the two of you have consented to join in marriage and promised your love for each other by the pledging of vows and the exchange of rings, you have entered into the honorable estate of matrimony. Therefore, I now pronounce you husband and wife.