Karin and Craig's Wedding Ceremony
Excerpt from Couple's Story
Craig and Karin’s engagement is a wonderful example of how well their different personalities go together. One extroverted, one private; one from rural Nebraska, the other from cosmopolitan DC, they are two people you might never pair together but who are clearly meant to be together and who are very much in love.
What an honor it is to stand beside them, to preside over such a happy occasion! I can see that you, too, feel the honor of being present on such an important day in the lives of these two people. Today is a day to share your laughter and tears, if you haven’t already; your blessings and well wishes, for today Karin and Craig embark upon the greatest adventure of their lives.
At night, there was the feeling that we had come home, feeling no longer alone, waking in the night to find the other one there, and not gone away; all other things were unreal. We slept when we were tired and if we woke the other one woke too so one was not alone.
Often a man wishes to be alone and a woman wishes to be alone too and if they love each other they are jealous of that in each other, but I can truly say we never felt that. We could feel alone when we were together, alone against the others. We were never lonely and never afraid when we were together.
~ From Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms
Excerpt from San-San-Kudo Ritual
In Japan, the heart of the Shinto wedding ceremony is the san-san-kudo, the sake ceremony. This ancient and powerful ritual is done in silence for, as the bride and groom take turns sipping from a single cup, they are in essence taking their marriage vows. Today, before the couple performs the san-san-kudo ceremony that will join them together, I would offer this norito, or Shinto prayer:
Bless this couple as unmoving and eternal.
May their lives flourish like luxuriant trees.
May they, bride and groom,
together with heaven and earth,
with the sun and the moon,
continue to give out light and radiance.
Thus we do reverently pray.
~ Adapted from Norito by Donald L. Philippi