Here are samples of the Opening Prayer. You may use them just as they are, or you may wish to modify them and create your own together with the minister performing your ceremony.
Sample Opening Prayer #1Our Father, love has been Your richest and greatest gift to the world. Love between a man and woman which matures into marriage is one of Your most beautiful types of loves. Today we celebrate that love. May your blessing be on this wedding service. Protect, guide, and bless ___ and ___ in their marriage. Surround them and us with Your love now and always. Amen.
Sample Opening Prayer #2Heavenly Father, ___ and ___ are now about to vow their unending loyalty to each other. We ask you to accept the shared treasure of their life together, which they now create and offer to You. Grant them everything they need, that they may increase in their knowledge of You throughout their life together. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Sample Opening Prayer #3God, for the joy of this occasion we thank you. For the significance of this wedding day we thank you. For this important moment in an ever growing relationship we thank you. For your presence here and now and for your presence at all times, we thank you. In Christ's holy name. Amen.
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