This is one of my favourite and also one of my most popular readings. It is perfect to be read directly after the ring exchange either by the celebrant or a reader of your choice. It so beautifully describes the roller-coaster ride that is marriage – full of ups and downs, joy and sorrow, tears and laughter – all experiences made richer with the love of your life by your side. It is a guaranteed tear jerker… in the best possible way!
Blessing of the Hands
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Now clasp your hands tightly together…
May these hands always be held by one another.
May they have strength to hold on through the storms of stress and the darkness of disillusionment.
May they be tender and gentle as they nurture each other in love.
May these hands build a marriage founded in grace, rich in caring and reaching together to bring forth the very best in both.
Together, as a team, hand in hand, for a lifetime of happiness.
May these hands always be held by one another and together, may they build a truly wonderful marriage.