In despite of not having a religious wedding, some of the wedding couples wish to have something spiritual in their wedding ceremony. A reading - by a friend, relative, family member or the celebrant - might be a good idea for this. Today we show You the Blessing of the Hands by Rev. Daniel L. Harris, which was read out by the sister in law of the bride during our last wedding. We adored it so much, it was so emotional.
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Blessing of the hands is the essential part of a wedding ceremony in countless cultures (mainly in Asia), but You needn’t be or have a priest to be able to add this spiritual part. This blessing can be read out by anybody - sister, brother (in law), other relative or family member, friend, celebrant.
I propose to insert it before the exchange of the rings.
Rev. Daniel L. Harris: 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.