Ritual

– 3 of us enter to drum beat : Keven first, followed by Erin and Andrew side-by-side –

– Keven walks up left side of guest chairs – When Keven reaches altar, Andrew walks left while Erin walks right, together –

– Andrew stands stage right of table, Erin stands stage left, at corners –

 

Keven:

[Ring Tibetan bell x3]

Here, on this appointed day, we have gathered together to proclaim and celebrate the union of these two souls.

Here, surrounded by the bounty and beauty of the Earth Mother, we offer Her our humble gratitude [Offering: Braid into Ground], in the hopes that She continues to sustain and embrace all of Her children.

Here, among the trees and vibrant life, we remember that we, too, are sustained by the earth, the sea, and the sky.

Sky: the breath of life, the wind of change. You contain the sacred Fire that consumes and transforms, the shining light of the Gods, and the spark in our souls. [Offering: Lavender powder into Fire]

Sea: the depths of mystery and wisdom, the base of our lifeblood. You contain the sacred Waters that flow within us, the Otherworldly gates, and the well of enlightenment. [Offering: 1 Silver bead into Well]

Earth: the land on which we dwell, the soil in which roots grow. The mightiest of your roots is that of the World Tree, spanner of all realms – may we be deepened by its depths and raised high with its heights. [Offering: Water onto our Tree]

We are here in sight of the Gods, the Ancestors, and the Nature Spirits to join these two souls to one another.

Is it your wish, Erin Corinne McCabe, to join your hand to this man?

  • Erin: It is.

Keven:

Then grant him your strength, so that he may become both guardian and protector of your hearth and home.

[Erin gives sword to Drew, Drew sheathes it at his belt]

Is it your wish, Andrew David Lee, to join your hand to this woman?

  • Andrew: It is.

Keven:

Then grant her your compassion, so that she may become both keeper and nurturer of your hearth and home.

[Drew gives keys to Erin, Erin ties them onto her belt]

No other human ties are more tender and no other vows more important than those you are about to take. Both of you come to this day with the deep understanding that the institution of marriage is sacred. Your sacred vows are as unbreakable as a circle – the symbol of the sun, the earth, the universe: of wholeness, perfection, peace and of unity. [Pick up Rings] And like circles, your rings have no beginning and no ending. Allow your rings to forever remind you of the words you speak today.

Erin, please take his ring and repeat this vow:
[Keven hands Erin Drew’s ring – Erin places it on Drew’s finger]

With this ring I declare my love,

  • Erin : With this ring I declare my love,

Enduring, encompassing, and entire.

  • Erin : Enduring, encompassing, and entire.

Upon it I vow to hold faith with you,

  • Erin : Upon it I vow to hold faith with you,

To support, to love, and to cherish you,

  • Erin : To support, to love, and to cherish you,

Throughout this life and beyond.

  • Erin : Throughout this life and beyond.

Andrew, please take her ring and repeat this vow:
[Keven hands Drew Erin’s ring, Drew places it on Erin’s finger]

With this ring I declare my love,

  • Drew : With this ring I declare my love,

Enduring, encompassing, and entire.

  • Drew : Enduring, encompassing, and entire.

Upon it I vow to hold faith with you,

  • Drew : Upon it I vow to hold faith with you,

To support, to love, and to cherish you,

  • Drew : To support, to love, and to cherish you,

Throughout this life and beyond.

  • Drew : Throughout this life and beyond.

[Erin and Andrew hold hands.]

The Kindreds have heard your vows spoken, as so by them are you bound. If you should forswear these oaths, then may the earth open beneath you, the sea rise against you, and the sky fall upon you.

Sacred oaths have been sworn, and virtues have been shared. Now we consider unity itself.

[Pick up cord. Approach couple. Drew moves to stand next to Erin, Keven faces couple, no one faces guests.]

This day you begin your lives anew, united together in mind, body, and spirit. You become more than you were alone, strengthened by love. Allow this cord to symbolize the love that ties your hearts to one another, and take your loved one’s hand.

[Tie cord around wrists. Keven moves back behind altar.]

Let this knot represent a connection that shall forever remain unbroken. Now you may share your first kiss as husband and wife.

[Erin and Drew kiss.]

We thank all who have gathered in love and support to witness this union form: family and friends, spirits and gods. May the Kindreds bless and watch over this couple in their journey together.

[Keven picks up Tree’s charm – Goes to dedication tree.]

In gratitude, we dedicate this tree in the name of the Shining Ones. [Tie charm around Tree’s trunk.] May it be a living gift to the gods, nurtured and loved, as they might nurture and love this family.

[Step back behind the altar.]

To the honored Ancestors, to the Spirit folk, to the blessed Gods, to all those in this Realm and Beyond, we declare that these two souls are bound with love.

[ring bell x3]

All hail Andrew Lee and Erin Lee! Joy and long life!

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