Wedding Ceremony

I’m working on a Pagan wedding ceremony for our wedding in August 2008. I am going to post in several posts. Here’s the first part:

Procession: With father walking down the Aisle
Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle

Calling the Quarters (Airts)

EAST (air): Christine (MOH)
Greetings, oh Guardians of the Watchtowers of the East, the elemental power of air. We call upon the roaring winds, the hurricanes, tornadoes and typhoons; we call upon the puff of air from a mother’s lips as she kisses her child, the breeze that caresses our cheeks, the spiraling swirl of steam from a hot drink. We ask that you witness this rite and guard this circle. Bless us with your presence, Life-sustaining air!

SOUTH (fire): Dave (best man)
Greetings, oh Guardians of the Watchtowers of the South, the elemental power of fire. We call upon the shooting flames, the burning embers, the gentle flicker of candlelight; we call upon the campfire glow and the forest fires’ raging holocaust. We ask that you witness this rite and guard this circle. Bless us with your presence, Life-enhancing fire!

WEST (water): Sheriesse (Sister of Bride – Bridesmaid)
Greetings, oh Guardians of the Watchtowers of the West, the elemental power of water. We call upon the Ocean, Mother of us all; we call upon the rain that falls from the skies, we call upon the rivers and seas, the dewdrops and the mists. We ask that you witness this rite and guard this circle. Bless us with your presence, Life-giving water!

NORTH (earth): Paul (Uncle of the Bride)
Greetings, oh Guardians of the Watchtowers of the North, the elemental power of earth. We call upon the granite boulders, the loam of farmer’s fields, the gritty sand of beach shores; we call upon the molten lava beneath our feet and the pebble on a riverbank. We ask that you witness this rite and guard this circle. Bless us with your presence, Life-supporting earth!

Word of welcome

Welcome. My name is <pagan priestess’ name> and I have the privilege of performing this

marriage ceremony today.

On behalf of Jeff and Sheal welcome and thank you for being here. They are delighted that you are here today to share in their joy during this

wonderful moment in their lives.

By your presence, you celebrate with them the love they have discovered in each other and you support their decision to commit themselves to one

another for the rest of their lives.

As we begin todays celebration I would like to ask who presents this woman to be married to this man? (Answer. ‘Her mother and I do’ or ‘I

do’ etc)

Address to the assembly

Today their relationship changes. All of us know it will grow, and become stronger and better.

Indeed this day is a day of hope. A day in which Jeff and Shealdemonstrate their commitment, devotion, and mutual respect, as well as

their faith and love in one another.You who are gathered here as witnesses are called to continue your support and encouragement as they unite in marriage.

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