1. Call to Mother Nature and circles

Emms: Merry Meet, Everyone.

You are gathered to bear witness to the handfasting of Diane and Piper. In Celtic tradition, this ceremony requires these circles to be blessed. 

 

Earth Mother and Goddess of Light, where thou circles are cast,

Let no unwelcome energies last,

Not in complete accord with me,

As I will, so shall it be.

 

 

2. Call to the handfasting party to enter the circles:

Emms: I now call Diane, Piper and their handfasting witnesses to enter the circles and join in union.

3. Call to the elements and universe:

Emms: Now the circles are blessed, my friends, the bridal group will call the four winds to be present to bless this handfasting:

Rebel : Powers of North, Powers of Air, I call thee forth. Come forth and bear witness to this union. Through you they come to know great love for one another. Hail and Welcome!

Diane: Powers of South, Powers of Fire, I call thee forth. Come forth and bear witness to this union. Through you we have come to know great love for one another. Hail and Welcome!

Miki: Powers of West, Powers of Water, I call thee forth. Come forth and bear witness to this union. Through you they have come to know great love for one another. Hail and Welcome!

Piper: Powers of East, Powers of Earth, I call thee forth. Come forth and bear witness to this union. Through you we have come to know great love for one another. Hail and Welcome!

Emms: Together, these powers make strong all life and love. Combined they are the spirit of all things which binds us to each other as brothers and sisters in love and life.

 

 

4. Blessing of the Hands"

Emms: I now call Diane and Piper to step forward and take hands before all witnesses here.

“These are the hands of your best friend, strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever. I call air to make you stronger as one.”

Piper and Diane: In love and light I make these banns

Emms: These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. I call earth to make you stronger as one.

Piper and Diane: In love and light I make these banns

 

Emms: These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow and tears of joy. I call water to make you stronger as one.

Piper and Diane: In love and light I make these banns

 

Emms: These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. I call fire to make you stronger as one.

Piper and Diane: In love and light I make these banns

 

Emms: And lastly, these are the hands that, even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving the you same unspoken tenderness with just a touch. I call all four elements in union to bless Diane and Piper as these two become one in union eternally.

Piper and Diane: In love and light I make these banns

 

 

5. Marriage Oaths

Emms: As these banns are tied, the bride and groom will now make their oaths to each other.

Piper pledge:

 

Diane pledge:

 

Emms: Through the love of all, this union is complete. Piper you may now kiss your wife Diane.

 

 

6. Closing the circles and ending the ceremony

Emms: The banns are made, the eternity knot is made and this union is sealed. I call the spirit of life and the four winds to look over this union and for the circles to now open. Go in love and light… (blessed be- optional)

 

Everyone (optional): Blessed Be…

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