A Wedding Prayer that really works

Blessed are you, Father and Lord,

Who created joy and gladness, bridegroom and bride,

comfort and delight, love and friendship,

Who established marriage for the happiness

and well-being of men and women,

We thank you for the gift of love to these two,

and we rejoice on this glad occasion.

We put this marriage into your hands,

Surround them with your love now and always,

________ and ______ have joined their lives together,

Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts,

a mantle about their shoulders, and a crown upon their heads.

May they find all the tasks in life easier because they

Approach those tasks together.

In sickness and health may they find your strength,

In doubts and struggles may they see your light,

In hurts and failures may they find your pardon,

In loneliness and desperation may they find your joy,

May they find no cold because each is warmth to the other,

Bless them with your presence here and now and at all times,

We pray in Christ’s name,  Amen.