Reverend Michael Summers
A hands ceremony is a lovely, connective experience that can be incorporated anywhere in your ceremony. There is no perfect place to incorporate a hand ceremony, but many couples choose to do it right after taking their vows and placing rings on each others fingers. Facing one another is a precious moment – one that can inspire and uplift you as you declare your love and commitment to one another. With eyes locked, and hands linked, this ritual is a beautiful symbol of the union of two hearts, two lives, and two souls.
BRIDE AND GROOM
———&———,PLEASE TAKE EACH OTHER’S HANDS, SO THAT YOU MAY SEE THEM AS THE GIFT THAT THEY ARE TO YOU.
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 ALONG SIDE YOURS AS TOGETHER YOU BUILD YOUR FUTURE.
THESE ARE THE HANDS THAT WILL PASSIONATELY LOVE YOU AND CHERISH YOU THROUGH THE YEARS FOR A LIFETIME OF HAPPINESS.
THESE ARE THE HANDS THAT WILL HOLD YOU WHEN FEAR , GRIEF, OR SICKNESS TEMPORARILY COMES YOUR WAY.
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 HOLD YOUR CHILDREN, TENDERLY.
THESE ARE THE HANDS THAT WILL GIVE YOU SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT TO GO FOR YOUR DREAMS, TOGETHER, AS A TEAM, EVERYTHING YOU WISH FOR WILL BE REALIZED.
THESE ARE THE HANDS THAT WILL LIFT YOUR CHIN AND BRUSH YOUR CHEEK AS THEY RAISE YOUR FACE TO LOOK INTO THE EYES THAT ARE FILLED WITH OVERWHELMING LOVE FOR YOU.
AND FINALLY, 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.
I BLESS THIS COUPLE AND THESE HANDS AS THEY LOVE, SERVE AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN THEIR MARRIAGE AND THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES TOGETHER, KNOWING THAT THE SPIRIT OF LOVE CONTINUES TO GUIDE THEM. I GIVE THANKS AND LET IT BE. AND SO IT IS