Wedding – Reading One & More Ceremony

First Reading:
Read by Sister of the Bride – Sheriesse

The Art of a Good Relationship

The little things are as important as the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted;
the courtship should not end with the honeymoon,
it should continue through all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole community.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice,
but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating
gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.
It is having the capacity to forgive.
It is creating an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal,
And the interdependence is mutual
It is not only committing to the right partner,
it is being the right partner.

Address to the couple
We all know marriage is more than two people standing up here repeating vows. There is an art to any creative activity. So too in marriage.
Part of the art of marriage is finding room for the things of the spirit. So to you two I say continue in your search for the good and the beautiful in this life. Part of the art of marriage is being flexible. So in your marriage cultivate flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour.Most important, develop the capacity to forgive and heal yourdifferences day by day. Always remember that love will prevail. Love will be the miracle always inviting you to learn, to blossom, to expand your horizons. This ceremony today is a most serious covenant made before all of us as witnesses. From your new marriage relationship can come the nurture and strength you two need to face the world. Only from this moment on you will face the world together in a new way. Today a new family is born and our world will be the better for its birth. For this we all celebrate.

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