NativeAmerican Script

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Native American Wedding Ceremony

Words of Welcome

It is with great pleasure we gather this day to witness the joining of two beautiful and loving people in marriage. Corinn and Shane have opened their hearts to one another, and today we are blessed as they open their hearts to us as well, inviting us to witness and share in this glorious moment. We celebrate their union in (a natural setting) to honor the gifts of the Creator, – the gifts of nature’s bounty and the gift of love between man and woman.

Corinn and Shane each bring the fullness of their being as a treasure to share with one another. Their marriage is being entered into reverently, with the recognition of a true and faithful union. For what greater joy is there for two human souls than to join together to strengthen each other in all their endeavors?

Commitment Reading

Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide rivers of our minds. We were each other’s distant shore, the opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell.

We did not know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive the cry of one riverbank to the other.

We were apart, yet connected in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common tree.

I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join my freedom to yours.

Our paths collided long enough for our indecision to be swallowed up by the greater need of love.

When you came to me, the sun surged towards the earth and moon escaped from darkness to bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the creator had designed them for life’s endless circle.

Beloved partner, keeper of my heart’s secrets, clothed in summer blossoms so the icy hand of winter never touches us. I thank your patience. Our joining is like a tree to earth, a cloud to sky and even more. We are the reason the world can laugh on its battlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say, in this time, this place, this way

– I loved you best of all.

Affirmation of the Couple

Corinn and Shane, may the meaning of the vows you are about to share with one another deepen as the years pass and you seek to discover the endless possibilities of this life together.

>Your love and your union must endure through daily routine, but flower in both adversity and joy.

>Throughout your marriage, embrace your passion, revel in your companionship and cherish your intimacy. Give to one another new experiences of joy.

>Challenge one another so that you may grow.

>Never take each other for granted, but truly experience the wonder of your union.

>Be slow to anger, quick to forgive, leaving no traces of resentment behind each day.

>Be a source of strength and inspiration to yourselves, your families, your friends, and to all whose lives you touch.

>Love is stronger than your conflicts and grander than life’s changes. It is a gift always inviting you to learn and to grow. It is to love that you must always return.

Exchange of Vows

Do you Shane promise to provide for Corinn and cherish her; to constantly show to her the tokens of your affection, to shelter her from danger, and to love her with an unchangeable love, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?

Do you Corinn promise to comfort, encourage and cherish Shane no matter what life throws at you; to give to him unfailing evidences of your affection; to support him, value him and work with him as head of the family, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to him as long as you both shall live?

Blessing of the Rings

Shane and Corinn have chosen rings as an outward sign of their internal commitment. The material used to make these rings had a previous noble life before its transformation to a new life of beauty, reminding us that the gifts of nature and the creativity of humankind can come together in ways that ennoble us and honor our world.

These rings are symbols that remind us of the sun that shines above us and the Earth beneath us. They are freely offered as gifts of faith and hope as visible signs of the promises given this day. In this moment, bring blessings to these rings to be symbols of unity, commitment and renewal.

Exchange of Rings

Shane, please look into Corinn’s eyes repeating after me as you place the ring upon her finger.

Come health, happiness, and prosperity,

I will stand with you;

come illness, trouble, or poverty,

I will stand with you.

I give you this ring

as a sign of my love and commitment.

Corinn, please look into Shane’s eyes repeating after me as you place the ring upon his finger.

Come health, happiness, and prosperity,

I will stand with you;

come illness, trouble, or poverty,

I will stand with you.

I give you this ring

as a sign of my love and commitment.

Braiding a Cord of 3 Strands

Today, Shane and Corinn have chosen to braid three strands together into a single cord.

The Cord of Three Strands symbolizes the joining of one man and one woman by God into a marriage relationship. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.

Each strand has a significant meaning. The gold strand represents God and His majesty. The purple strand represents the groom and his life. The white strand represents the bride and her life.

In braiding these three strands together, Shane and Corinn have demonstrated that their marriage is more than a joining of two lives together. It is a unity with God as well. They have chosen to allow God to be at the center of their marriage, woven into every aspect of it.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 reads, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”

Blessing of the Marriage

Great Spirit protect the ones we love. We honor all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together. We honor mother-earth and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons; We honor fire and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts. We honor wind and ask that we sail through life safe and calm as in our father’s arms. We honor water to clean and soothe our relationship that it may never thirst for love. With all the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow young together. Amen.

Declaration of Marriage

As Shane and Corinn have pledged their lives to one another in our presence, it is with great honor we recognize them as husband and wife, now and forever.

Kiss

Introduction

Mr & Mrs Shane and Corinn Wiley.

Credit is given to Reverend Ann Fuller for some of the content of this ceremony.

Adapted by Eldon Roberts