In truth, no person or agency has the right or the power to unite you, as this act took place when your hearts came together and you decided to be
in a committed and loving relationship.
We, therefore have the honor to witness that which has already taken place in spirit, now being declared in the physical. ______ and ______, you
have come to this beautiful island and presented yourselves before these witnesses and all that we call Divine to be joined in matrimony.
A lei is given in a spirit of thankfulness. Each blossom is picked from the Earth, then strung one by one so each will shine at its most brilliant. It is
a symbol of beauty, made with care and given with love. A lei is a circle of beauty, without beginning, without end. A lei encircles the head and
touches the heart. A lei delights the senses and inspires wonder. A lei is as fragile as today, as enduring as memory. A lei is a Divine expression
of the universe, fashioned by human hands.
In ancient Hawaii, when two people exchanged lei, they came together, touched noses and foreheads and took a deep breath. This was called
honi. And the reason they did this was to share the breath of God, Aloha. Aloha literally means the breath of God: Alo, meaning the Spirit
radiating through the universe, and Ha, being the breath. Aloha, breath of God. Now, as you present these lei to each other, first place the lei
over the head, then come in a touch noses and foreheads and take a deep breath. And know that right here right now you are in the Divine
presence. May the attributes of these lei forever inspire your lives. They were offered in the spirit of Aloha.
To the Bride and the Groom
There are no human ties so sweet and tender as those you are about to assume. There are no vows so solemn as those you are about to make.
And no institution on Earth is as sacred as the home you will share together. True marriage is the holiest of all earthly unions. It is to be entered
into reverently, thoughtfully, with full understanding of its sacredness. And, marriage to be complete must first be spiritual; an inner state of
conscious unity in thought and purpose, in plan and action, brings an outer state that corresponds with it. This allows the outer to be like the
inner--both peaceful and harmonious.
On this day of your marriage you stand somewhat apart from all other human beings, for you stand within the charmed circle of your love for each
other. This love is not your possession. It is a source of common energy that flows freely through each of you and gives you the courage to live
your lives more fully.
You stand before me now in the true spirit of Aloha. Aloha recognizes a bonding of all people and expresses that bonding with love, affection,
compassion and kindness. Aloha acknowledges the value and worth of all people. For your desire to integrate the spirit of Aloha within the
framework of a meaningful life together, you deserve great respect. You also deserve to experience love that will continue to bring you joy and
make both of you better people; a love that will give you the strength to face the responsibilities of married life, for which there are many. And,
you also deserve a home, but not just a place like you have now made of stone or wood. Rather, allow your home to be like an island, a sanctuary
of serenity, where the values of your lives are generated and upheld. So that finally, when you come to the end of your lives together here on
Earth, I know you will be able to say these two things to each other: Because you have loved me, I have faith in myself, and because I have seen
the good in you, I have faith in all humanity.
The state of matrimony is true marriage when based upon a deep spiritual communion of two souls who find satisfaction in each other. Do you
understand this? Marriage is composed of two separate beings, each of them different, seeking life’s fulfillment together. Today, as husband and
wife, you open the doors to the endless possibilities to your future, and to the opportunity to love as you have never loved before. Will you______
and ______ bring to this new life, each for the sake of the other, the very best that you have?
Invitation to Commitment
Please face each other and join your right hands.
______ do you take _____ whose hand you hold, choosing her alone to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honor her at all times, and
forgetting all others remain faithful to her alone?
(Repeat for the bride using husband/him.)
Exchange of Vows
______ please repeat after me.
I, ______ take you ______...to be my wife…to love and to cherish…from this day forward…and thereto…I pledge you my faith.
(Repeat for the bride using husband/him.)
Giving of Rings
Bless oh God these rings that they who give them and they who wear them abide in peace – living together in unity, and in the love that they feel
for each other in this moment, forever. Amen.
__________ this ring is a symbol of the unbroken unity of married life.
As such, you will place it on ___________’s finger after repeating the following pledge:
I give you this ring…with all of my heart…let it always be to us…a symbol of our love…as a token of our faithfulness…each to the other…I place it
now upon your hand.
(Repeat for the bride.)
Eternal God, source of life and love, of meaning and hope, bless this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name; that they may strive
earnestly and honestly to live out the vows they have made, and to keep bright the covenant between them. May their years together deepen that
covenant, the changing stages of their human journey ever renew it, and the challenges of life enrich it with strength, beauty and grace. Amen
Pronouncement of Marriage
Having joined your hearts with the expression of your love, having promised each other all the joy of your days; by the authority vested in me by the
state of Hawaii, it gives me great pleasure to pronounce that you are now Husband and Wife.
The Blessing upon the Marriage
O Thou, from whom all blessings flow, grant that the love of ____________ and ______________ may have its full nobility. May their joys and
their sorrows, their pleasures and their duties, be met in a spirit of understanding, fortitude and wisdom. May their home be a place of rich
affection, and kindly actions. May it be a shelter from life’s storms, and the enduring abode of life’s deepest happiness. Amen
You may seal your covenant with a kiss.
Introduction of the Couple
Now, I am honored to announce for the first time as husband and wife, ____________________________________.
Contemporary Spiritual Ceremony, Reverend Gary Canier
Blowing of the pu. (conch)
O ke aloha ke kuleana o kahi malahini. “Love is the host in this land.”
He pilikani kakaou apau ma Hawaii nei. “Here in Hawaii we are all family.”
Aloha komo mai. “Welcome with love.”
We have come together here this day ________________ to share with you ______ and
______ a most important moment in your lives, that moment in which you publicly declare
your desire to share your lives, one with the other.
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