GAELIC WEDDING BLESSING
Mile failte dhuit le d'bhreid,
Fad do re gun robh thu slan.
Moran laithean dhuit is sith,
Le d'mhaitheas is le d'ni bhi fas.
A thousand welcomes to you with your marriage kerchief,
May you be healthy all your days.
May you be blessed with long life and peace,
May you grow old with goodness, and with riches.
TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSINGS
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May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sunshine warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the palm of his hand
May green be the grass you walk on
May blue be the skies above you
May pure be the young that surround you
May true be the heart that you love
May God be with you and bless you
May you see your children’s children
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward
May you never take each other for granted, but always experience the wonders of your union.
May your love consist of not only in gazing into each other’s eyes, but also in looking outward in the same direction.
May your life together be a source of strength and inspiration to yourselves, your families and your friends.
May you never forget the beginning of your love for one another., take care of it, nurture it, and allow it to grow strong and firm in the years that are to come.
May you always concentrate on making each other happy and secure in your commitment to one another and always rely on your ability to keep the promises you have made to one another today throughout the thick and thin of life’s experiences.
And, may you be always in love.
May your love be as beautiful each day you share as it is on this day of your wedding,
And, may all your dreams come true.
May this day shine eternally in your lives.
May it add brilliance to every achievement
and cast a divine light over any misfortune.
May you care for each other in all sadness.
May you give cheer to each other.
May you give vitality to each other in all undertakings.
May all that is virtuous, beautiful and honest,
remain with you always.
May you have happiness,
and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another.
May joy and peace surround you both,
contentment latch your door,
and happiness be with you now,
and God bless you evermore.
May you have walls for the wind
And a roof for the rain,
Drinks beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
And those you love near you,
And all that your heart may desire
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
And quick to make friends
But rich or poor, quick or slow
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward
May your souls always bathe in the truth of light and understanding
May your love always lift your head to the heavens
While your feet remain deeply rooted in the earth
May your love be not only of your minds but of your hearts, and
May your hearts always be open to one another.
May your love be a sanctuary for one another and all you hold sacred
May your love always honour the One who first loved you
And inspired you to love one another -
The One who brought you together - Creator of us all.
May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitement marriage should bring,
and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.
May you always need one another -
not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness.
A mountain needs a valley to be complete;
the valley does not make
the mountain less, but more;
and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it.
May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise,
often say, "I love you!" and take no notice of small faults.
If you have quarrels that push you apart,
May both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.
May the earth welcome your footsteps
May the wind sing your tale
May fire dance from your fingertips
May the ocean speed your sail
May your courage never fail you
May your words be blessed with grace
May the spirit of inspiration light your way
May you be a friend to your destiny
May you always know your name
May you learn to dance with lightning
When life brings storm and rain
May you never be far from family
Whether kin by blood or heart
May you never feel completely set apart
May you walk through life like a balance beam
And never stumble and fall
May you walk through a hundred angry glares
And may it not matter at all
May you never cease to teach
And never cease to learn
May the spark of hope inside you, always burn
May (Name & Name) live lives of love and peace together and always remember their joy on this day.
May they be honest in their relationship, sharing the truth in kindness and trust,
So that their love may grow in maturity and depth.
May they be there for each other, in times of grief or struggle,
Holding each other close in comfort,
Drawing strength and courage from each other
and from those around them.
May their lives be full of laughter,
Lifting up the delights in life and humour in the hard times.
May their home be filled with joy,
as it is joined with the life of others,
And as they grow closer to each other,
in the shared journey of life.
And may each of us here this day be given new hope in the commitment to love
And be affirmed in our own love for others.
(Name & Name) receive this blessing,
which is yours from all who are here.
Carry our love with you as you go, and call upon us when you will.
Go into your new life together, in grace and peace.
AN IRISH BLESSING (TRADITIONAL)
Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers
Miles & miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours,
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends,
Each day your whole life through
AN IRISH BLESSING (CONTEMPORARY)
You are the star of each night,
You are the brightness of every morning,
You are the story of each guest,
You are the report of every land.
No evil shall befall you, on hill nor bank,
In field or valley, on mountain or in glen.
Neither above, nor below, neither in sea,
Nor on shore, in skies above,
Nor in the depths.
You are the kernel of my heart,
You are the face of my sun,
You are the harp of my music,
You are the crown of my company
A COMMUNAL BLESSING
Blessed be the earth we stand upon
And blessed be these two who stand before us
Blessed be the eyes of the witnesses
And blessed be the two upon who they gaze
Blessed be the arms of family & friends who embrace them
And blessed be their hands that entwine in love
Blessed be our many loving memories
And blessed be their hearts that join together
Blessed be the circle of community
And may our blessings be upon these lovers forever.
CHEROKEE PRAYER – ADAPTED
God in heaven above please protect the ones we love.
We honour all you created
as we pledge our hearts and lives together.
We honour mother-earth - and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons;
We honour fire - and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts;
We honour wind - and ask we sail though life safe
and calm as in our father's arms;
We honour water - to clean and soothe our relationship
that it may never thirsts for love;
With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow young together.
SCOTTISH WEDDING PRAYER
Lord help us to remember when
We first met and the strong
love that grew between us.
To work that love into
practical things so that nothing
can divide us.
We ask for words both kind
and loving and hearts always
ready to ask forgiveness
as well as to forgive.
Dear Lord, we put our
marriage into your hands
Now you have lit a fire and that fire should not go out. The two of you now have a fire that represents love, understanding and a philosophy of life. It will give you heat, food, warmth and happiness. The new fire represents a new beginning - a new life and a new family. The fire should keep burning; you should stay together. You have lit the fire for life, until old age separates you.
You are my husband / wife
My feet shall run because of you
My feet dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes see because of you
My mind thinks because of you
And I shall love because of you.
APACHE WEDDING BLESSING (ONE)
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.
APACHE WEDDING BLESSING (TWO)
Now we feel no rain, for each of us will be a shelter to the other.
Now we feel no cold, for each of us will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness, for each of us will be a companion to the other.
We are two bodies, but there is one life between us and one home.
When evening falls, I'll look up and you will be there.
I'll take your hand; you'll take mine and we'll turn together to look at the road we travelled to reach this: the hour of our happiness.
It stretches behind us, even as the future lies ahead.
A long and winding road, whose every turning means discovery.
Old hopes, new laughter, shared fears.
The adventure has just begun.
A FRIENDSHIP BLESSING
May you be blessed with good friends
May you learn to be a good friend
To yourself and each other
May you be able to journey to that
Place in your soul where there is great
Love, warmth, feeling and forgiveness.
May you treasure your friends
May you be good to them and may you
Be there for them.
May they bring you all the blessing,
Challenges, truth and light that you
Need for your journey.
May you never be isolated; but may
You always be in the gentle nest of belonging.
May this be the start of a happy new life
That’s full of special moments to share
May this be the first of your dreams come true
And of hope that will always be there.
May this be the start of a lifetime of trust
And of caring that’s just now begun
May today be a day that you’ll always remember
The day when your hearts become one.
LIGHT-HEARTED IRISH BLESSINGS
As you slide down the bannister of life,
may the splinters not point the wrong way
May the roof above us never fall in,
and may our friends gathered below never fall out
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been,
The foresight to know where you’re going
And the insight to know when you’re going too far
When flowers bloom, I hope you’ll not sneeze
And may you always have each other to love and squeeze
May you have a love that never ends
Lots of money and lots of friends
May the sun shine all day long
Everything go right, and nothing wrong
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go
May you live as long as you want
But never want as long as you life
I-rish you a very nice place to live
I-rish you the greatest gifts to give
I-rish you both health, wealth and more
I-rish your smiling faces come to my door
When the roaring flames of your love
Have burned down to embers
May you find that you’ve married your best friend
Here’s to you both, a beautiful pair
On the birthday of your love affair
Here’s to the husband and to the wife
May yourselves be lovers for the rest of your life
Here’s to you and yours and mine and ours
And if mine and ours ever come across you and yours
I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours
As mine and ours have done for you and yours