The closing prayer or benediction brings the Christian wedding ceremony to a close. It typically expresses the wishes of the congregation, through the minister, offering a blessing of peace and joy, and that God may bless the new couple with His presence. You may wish to ask a special wedding participant other than the minister to offer the closing prayer. This could be a visiting missionary, a close friend, or anyone that you would like to ask.
• Check out these Samples of the Closing Prayer.
To gain a deeper understanding of your Christian wedding ceremony and to make your special day even more meaningful, you may want to spend some time learning the biblical significance of today's Christian wedding traditions.