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Benedictions for Gay Marriage Ceremonies.

This shprt list of benedictions for gay marriage ceremonies is to help you build your own same-sex wedding. Most have a religious feel but all could be toned down if you wish.

Short benedictions

*The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you, and give you peace.

*May the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob be with you, and my he fulfill in you his blessing. May goodness and well being follow you all the days of your life. We ask this through the help of our God Jesus Christ. Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, God forever and ever.

Long Benedictions

*May Almighty God bless you by the Word of his mouth, and unite your hearts in the enduring bond of pure love. May the peace of Christ dwell always in your hearts and in your home: may you have true friends to stand by you, both in joy and in sorrow. May you be ready with help and consolation for all those who come to you in need; and may the blessings promised to the compassionate descend in abundance on your house. May you be blessed in your work and enjoy its fruits. May cares never cause you distress, nor the desire for earthly possessions lead you astray; but may your heart's concern be always for the treasures laid up for you in the life of heaven. May the Lord grant you fullness of years, so that you may reap the harvest of a good life, and, after you have served him with loyalty in his kingdom on earth may he take you up into his eternal dominions in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, his Son, who lives and reigns with him in the unity of the Holy spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen

*And now, go out into the world in peace, be of good courage, hold fast to that which is good; render to no man evil for evil; support the weak, help the afflicted, love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in his presence as he goes with you always. Amen.

Spiritual Benedictions

*Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others......; they too have their story. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass....nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe....the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God....in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. Go in peace.

*Nourished by understanding

Warmed by friends

Fed by loved ones

Matured by wisdom

Tempered by tears

Made holy by caring and sharing

Be blessed always

Go forth in peace!



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