Lei Blessing
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
Marriage is a gift of God, sealed by a sacred covenant.  God’s gift is human love, given that as wife and husband you may know each other with
mutual care and trust.  God’s gift is joy, given that as wife and husband you may live life to its absolute fullest.

Marriage is an understanding, caring and wanting.  It does not hurt or seek to possess.  It is composed of two separate beings, each of them
different, seeking life’s fulfillment together.  It can become the place where two persons experience the highest reaches of love, and where
genuine companionship brings forth the best of each.

I charge you both, as you stand in the presence of God, to remember that love and loyalty alone will avail as the foundation of a happy and
enduring home.  No other human ties are more tender, no vows more sacred than those you now assume.  If these vows will be kept faithfully, and
you seek to make God the center of your marriage, your life will be full of joy; and the home, which you are establishing, will abide in peace.

Today as husband and wife you open the doors to the endless possibilities of your future, and the opportunity to love as you have never loved
before.  Today your separate lives, with their individual memories, hopes, and desires, are merged as one.  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.

______, will you have ______ to be your wedded wife?  To live together in the holy estate of matrimony?   Will you love her, comfort her, honor and
keep her, in sickness and in health, and forsaking all others, remain faithful to ______ as long as you both shall live?   (Repeat for the bride using
husband/him.)

Exchange of Vows
______ please repeat after me.  

I, ______ take you ______, to be my wife…to have and to hold… from this day forward…for better or worse…for richer or poorer …to love and to
cherish…so help me God.   
(Repeat for the bride using husband.)

Exchange 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 with the love 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… with all that I am…and all that I have…as a sign and symbol…of the promise I made…in the name of the
Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…I place it now upon your hand. (Repeat for the bride.)

A Scripture Reading (First Corinthians, Chapter 13)
If I speak in tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and
can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to
the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps
no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.

Prayer
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,_____________________________.
__________________________________________________________________________
Religious Traditional Ceremony, Reverend Gary Canier
Welcome       
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.”

Introduction
We have come together in the presence of God to join you ______ and you ______ in holy matrimony.
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