I see it as my responsibility to ensure everything is organised and there is a table and chair for the signing.
I checked someone had the rings and someone the readings. Something to play the music on and someone to play the music.
As were my instructions, we were all ready when the bride and groom pulled up. I am not sure that we played the music long enough before they walked in but it didn’t faze anyone.
Peter and Sylvia had a unique ceremony and they played a very special Irish Hymn from the 8th Century, I think it was.
Traditional vows were shared:
I Peter take you Sylvia to be my wife,
To have and to hold
From this day forward
For better or worse,
For richer or poorer
In sickness and in health
To love and to cherish
Till death do us part?
Although I am not religious, I deliver religious ceremonies with the same care as I do non-religious ceremonies. It is important to deliver what the couple want.
"Bless their marriage, O God, as they begin their journey down the road of life together.
We don't know what lies ahead for the road turns and bends. But help them to live by faithfully
trusting you no matter what may come their way.
Help them to continue to enjoy each other always. Help them to realize that there is no perfection,
but to use even what is imperfect as an opportunity to bless and nourish each other's life and the lives of others.
Help them to respect each other's uniqueness and to always be eager to strengthen and lead each other to greater heights, emotionally, mentally and spiritually, and to love and support each other in times of physical frailty.
May they always hold fast to each other and to you, remembering your word....'All things work
together for good for those that love God"?
May they, Lord, for all their lives, carry a brightly-burning torch of love, thereby drawing many to your Son?
This is our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Wishing Peter and Sylvia every happiness.