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Pledge of Courtship Handfasting Ceremony


P=Priest/ess M=Male F=Female

*Set altar before everyone arrives. Only need to have censer, holy water, [sign in to see URL] anything else the couple feels they need or want, a wand with the rings slid onto it should also be on the altar*

*Light quarter candles if you're using them*

Couple enters.

P: May the place of this rite be consecrated for the Deities, for we gather here in a ritual of love.

P: (Female), do you come of your own freewill, to commit yourself to this courtship/relationship fully?

F: I do

P: (Male), do you come of your own freewill, to commit yourself to this courtship/relationship fully?

M: I do

P: With that understood, let us ask the blessings of the Elements.

Please face East.....
Be with us here, O beings of the Air--with your clever fingers, tie closely the bonds between these two.

Please face South.....
Be with us here, O beings of Fire--Give their courtship your all-consuming ardor.

Please face West....
Be with us here, O beings of Water--Give them the deepest of love and the richness of the body, of the soul and of the spirit.

Please face North.....
Be with us here, O beings of Earth--Let your strength and constancy be theirs for as long as they desire to remain together.

Return facing East--
Blessed Goddess and Laughing God, give to these before you, we do ask, your love and [sign in to see URL] Be.

All: Blessed Be

P: Please face each other, taking each other's hands.

P: (Male), please repeat after me....
Having found you, I have decided that there is no moment in my life more significant than this one, to bind this courtship, that it shall lead to a marriage of hearts, bodies and souls

P: (Female), please repeat after me....
Having found you, I have decided that there is no moment in my life more significant than this one, to bind this courtship, that it shall lead to a marriage of hearts, bodies and souls.

P: Are there symbols to be exchanged?

Couple: Yes

P: Place your hands over the wand and your rings, M's hand over F's.

P: Circles represent eternity, and though our lives are finite, love is [sign in to see URL] creative force that binds us [sign in to see URL] force that gives new life.

P: (Male), as you place this ring on (Female's) right hand, repeat after me.
As a pledge of my commitment to this courtship and the bond and unique relationship that exists between us, I _______give you this ring, a symbol of my vow.

P: (Female), as you place this ring on the (Male's) right hand, repeat after me.
As a pledge of my commitment to this courtship and the bond and unique relationship that exists between us, I, ______, give you this ring, a symbol of my vow.

P: Please face me.

*hand binding*
As hearts are bound together by love, we symbolize that by binding the hands. Each cord used here today has a significance--
Red for love and passion
Blue for good fortune and wisdom
Silver for communication
Black for protection
*Take all cords at one time, binding couple's right hands together*

P: Above you are the stars, below you are the stones. As time does pass, [sign in to see URL] a star should your love burn [sign in to see URL] a stone should your love be firm.
Have patience with each other, for storms will come, but they will go quickly. Be free in giving of affection and warmth. Have no fear, and let not the ways or words of the unenlightened give you unease, for the Goddess and God are with you, now and always.

P: With harm to none---I declare this rite is done...
So Mote It Be.

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Blessed Be,
~*~ Saijen ~*~

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