And Still More Wedding Ceremony

Honoring of those who have passed:

Song to play before reading – Fly by Celine Dion

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.– Mary Frye

After the reading, bell to toll three times. Jumping the Broom
Three firsts as a Couple

Officiant:
And now, as in all marriages, you have certain duties towards each other.

She pours wine from the decanter into her cup, and passes the cup into the Bride and Groom’s left hands. She then takes up the knife from the altar and passes it into the Bride and Groom’s right hands, above the cup. Their hands and arms thus describe the sign of perpetuity.

Bride and Groom:
As the knife is to the lover, so is the cup to the beloved
They lower the knife into the cup, saying:
And conjoint, they bring blessedness.

Priestess: takes the knife from them, and holds it. The Matron of Honor holds the libation bowl for them while they pour a libation into it.

MOH: replaces the libation bowl beneath the altar, and takes up the plate with the bread upon it, and places it upon the altar.

Officiant: takes the cup from the Bride and Groom, and then blesses the bread, using blessing as appropriate for the purpose.
Goddess bless this bread…

She then pours from her cup, one-third each into both the Bride’s cup and the Groom’s cup. Then she gives the respective cups into the couple’s free hands:
This is your first drink together. May you never thirst!

Bride and Groom: Bride holds cup for Groom while he drinks, Groom holds cup for Bride while she drinks; then Priestess returns both cups to the altar.

Officiant: breaks bread, offering a part to the Gods, and giving a piece each to Bride and Groom:
This is your first food together. May you never hunger!
Groom: holds bread for Bride while she eats.
Bride: holds bread for Groom while he eats. If any is left over they return it to the altar.

Best Man and Matron: place the Broom down on the ground about 1.2 metres (4 feet) south of the Main Altar. They hold the ends of the Broom in place upon the ground.

Officiant:
This will be your first leap of faith together.
Matron: gives bouquet to Bride, who holds it in her free hand.
The couple: jump the Broom, and join the People.Three firsts as a Couple

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