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HandfastingRitual
Preparation

The Altar should be arranged as usual,
Plus 2 White Candles
Incense
A willow wand
and
A crimson silk scarf

Mark the circle using flowers.

Dress:
The Celtic tradition is that the bride wears some kind of veil
or netting and an article of scarlet.

The couple should bring two pink roses, which they hold,
the groom in his left hand and the bride in her right.
The couple stand together hand in hand.

The Priest and Priestess
light the candles and turn and face the gathering, backs towards the altar.

Close the Circle

Priest:
May the place of this rite be consecrated for the Gods for we gather
here in a ritual of love with two who would be wedded.
May the Smudger cleanse the circle of negative energy.

Smudging

The Smudger cleanses the circle using a traditional Smudging ritual.

Introduction and Invocation of the Gods and Elements

Priest:
.   and   ..
please come forward and stand here before us,
and before the Gods of nature.

Priestess:
Be with us here, O beings of the Air
With your clever fingers
Tie closely the bonds between these two.

Be with us here, O beings of Fire
Give their love and passion
Your own all-consuming ardour.

Be with us here, O beings of Water
Give them the deepest of love
And the richness of the body, of the soul and of the spirit.

Be with us here, O beings of Earth
Let your strength and constancy
Be theirs from this day forth.

Blessed Goddess and God
Give to these before you, we do ask, your love and protection
Blessed Be.

ALL:
Blessed Be

The Vows
( to be decided by the couple)

Priestess:
Repeat after me.
By life and love, in the name of the Gods,
I    take thee  ...
to my hand, my heart, and my spirit,
at the setting of the sun and the rising of the stars.
Her life I will defend before my own.
I will share all that I have and all that I am with her.
This I swear in the name of the Gods.
May they give me strength to keep my vows.  So it shall be.

Handfasting

Priestess:
Above you are the stars, below you are the stones.
As time does pass, remember
Like a star should your love be constant
Like a stone should your love be strong
Be close, but not too close
Possess one another, but be understanding
Have patience each with the other
For storms will come, but they will go quickly
Be free in the giving of affection and warmth
Make love often, and be sensuous with one another
Have no fear and let not the ways or words
Of the unenlightened give you unease
For the Goddess and the God are with you,
Now and Always.

(Pause for a few moments)

Exchange of the Roses

Priestess:
As a sign of your devotion to each other,
exchange now a symbol of love.

The couple exchange the roses.

Future Dedication

Priestess:
For every year and a day hence come to this place and reclaim your love.
As the Goddess and the God and the Old Ones are witness to this rite.

The Priestess and Priest take the scarf and tie
the left hand of the BRIDE to the right hand of the GROOM.

Priestess:
I now proclaim you husband and wife.

The couple kiss.  Then turn to face the guests.

Open the Circle

Priestess:
We thank the Gods and the Elements for their attendance.
As we came here in love we now go our way.
Love is the law and love is the bond.  So be it.

. . . . . . . .The Feasting Begins. . . . . . 


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