Prayers For Loved Ones
Prayers /Acknowledgment For Loved Ones Who Are No Longer Wish Us, But Here In Spirit
As We Celebrate This Joyous Occasion.
Not everyone includes this in their ceremony, however many couples like to acknowledge loved ones who are no longer with us-or loved ones who were unable to attend (perhaps they live to far, or in the Military) If you choose to include this, here are some examples:
Prayers of loved ones who have passed on/acknowledgment of friends and family who are unable to attend/thank you
If you would like to acknowledge loved ones who are no longer with you, here are some examples.
All acknowledgements can be personalized to fit your desires.
The Officiant usually makes mention or says a prayer for loved ones who have passed, or cannot be with them after the greeting.
A. _____ and ___ would like to thank each one of you for sharing this happiest of days with them. They would also like to acknowledge loved ones who are no longer physically with us, but are here with us in spirit this evening as we celebrate this joyous occasion.
B. ****Change it to reflect loved ones who could not make the trip*** _____ and ___ would like to thank each one of you for sharing this happiest of days with them. They would also like to acknowledge their friends and family members who were unable to join us, but are here with us in spirit this evening as we celebrate this joyous occasion.
C. _____ and ___ would also like to acknowledge those who are here in spirit today, especially __________ , _________ whose love and support will be felt by ____ and ____ always.
D. _____ and ___ wish to pay tribute to___________ who is no longer with us physically, but whose gifts of love over the years will always be remembered and cherished. We are certain that he/she is here with us today in spirit.
E. _____ and ___ would like to thank each one of you for sharing this happiest of days with them. They would also like to acknowledge those who are here in spirit today, especially grandparents ____ and _______, , whose love and support will be felt by _____ and ___ always.
F. _____ and ___ are pleased that so many family and friends have come to witness their exchange of wedding vows. Each one of you have been important in their lives, and they look forward to your love and support in the future as they begin life as a married couple/ (or husband and wife) _______ And _____ also wish to acknowledge family members and friends who are no longer with us physically, but whose gifts of love and friendship over the years will always be cherished and remembered. We are certain they are here today in spirit. In their memory, let us be silent together. (Moment of silence) Thank you.
G. This event is shared, if in a different way, by those who have passed beyond this life. Their roles in the lives of ----- and ___ are gratefully remembered and honored as we witness this joyous event. Join with us, in fond memory of all these people, and in particular ______ and _______. In their memory, let us be silent together. (Moment of silence……..Thank you.)
H. Friends and Family, we have come together on this beautiful day to witness the joining of (groom) and (bride) in the celebration of marriage. This is a special time of celebration and joy that (bride) and (groom) will forever remember, and because of this, they are thankful and delighted that you are here to share in their happiness.
I. On behalf of the bride and groom/(The couple/the brides/the grooms), I would like to express thanks and gratitude to you, and to all those very important persons involved in their lives that are not with us physically but remain with us spiritually in our hearts. For it is love, strength, support, and encouragement of all these friends and family that has helped to carry (groom) and (bride) to this glorious day. The love that is shared and expressed here today is inseparably joined to the love that has created and molded their unique lives.
J. If you choose to have a candle on a table for a loved one, you may choose these words to be said:
In honor of two important and influential people unable to be with us today, yet who hold a place in the hearts of our family and community, (the names of the couple) ask you to take a moment to remember ____ and ____, and include them in spirit on this day of celebration …… The flames, representing their honorable lives, will burn for the day in recognition and memory of these much missed, well remembered, and most loved men.
K. Here is an example of a prayer I have said at the beginning of the ceremony-after the greeting for a bride whose mother had passed. It can be tailored to your wishes:
As many of you know the (bride)’s mother, (her name here), has passed away,
And, ((bride)s name here), although death has separated you physically, Faith and love have bound you eternally.
Though we cannot see her, we know she is here.
Though we cannot touch her, we feel the warmth of her smile as we celebrate the beginning of this new chapter in your lives.
Today we pause to reflect upon those who have shaped our Character,
Molded our spirits and touched our hearts.
We are reminded of shared memories,
And the everlasting impact your mom has made upon your life.
If you have a friend or family member who could not make your wedding ceremony due to being in the military and are currently deployed, or for health reasons, and you would like to include a prayer for them let me know I will be happy to send you some wording choices.
~Simple Thank you to guests: (No mention of loved ones who have passed)~
A. Friends and Family, we have come together on this beautiful day to witness the joining of _____ and ___in the celebration of marriage. This is a special time of celebration and joy that _____and ___will forever remember, and because of this, they are thankful and delighted that you are here to share in their happiness.
B. _____ and ___ would like to take a moment to thank you all for being here with them today
***All wording can be “mixed and matched” and tailored to fit your desires****