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.

Translation:

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

 

The following passages could be used in any order/sequence – and you can choose however many you wish to use. 

PLEASE – indicate to us which paragraph you would like to use 

all are numbered

 

(1)

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

 

(2)

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

(3)

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.

 

(4)

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.

 

(5)

May joy and peace surround you both,

contentment latch your door,

and happiness be with you now,

and God bless you evermore.

 

(6)

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

 

(7)

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.

(8)

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

(9)

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.

 

(10)

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.

(11)

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.

 

(12)

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

 

(13)

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

 

(14)

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

WEDDING BLESSING

 

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

 

NAVAJO BLESSING

 

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.

 

ESKIMO

 

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.

 

 

 

THE DAY

 

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

 

(1)

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

 

(2)

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

 

(3)

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

 

(4)

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

 

(5)

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

 

(6)

When the roaring flames of your love

Have burned down to embers

May you find that you’ve married your best friend

 

(7)

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

 

(8)

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