Jarred Boyd Miner

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The Handfasting of Miranda Rayn Richardson & Jennifer Lynn Gorham

Officiated by Jarred Boyd Miner in Utah on October 6th, 2018.

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Miranda Rayn Richardson And Jennifer Lynn Gorham’s Handfasting Wedding Ceremony Script

CEREMONY

[Me] Welcome, friends and family! We are gathered today to celebrate the union of Jennifer Lynn Gorham and Miranda Rayn Richardson in marriage. This ceremony is but an outward sign of their inward union of heart, mind and spirit, a celebration of the joining of two souls already attuned to each other. When such a true bond exists between two people, it is fitting that an outer acknowledgement be made. We are here to bear witness to the entry into life partnership of these beloved friends who are already one in spirit. We would like everyone to join in a brief breathing and grounding exercise to focus attention on the ceremony, and create sacred space.

[Me] For the philosopher, the question “what is love?” generates a host of issues: love is an abstract, which means for some it is a word unattached to anything real or sensible, that is all; for others, it is a means by which our being—our self and its world—are irrevocably affected once we are ‘touched by love’; some have sought to analyze it, others have preferred to leave it in the realm of the ineffable.

Aristotle proclaimed, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."

Modern philosopher Sam Keen says, “You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.”

G. E. Moore describes love thusly, “The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other's* it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.”

I say, that the beauty of love is that it resides in the realm of the ineffable, love is sacred, complex, dangerous, risky, fulfilling, vital to our lives, and I quote Erica Jong, “Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it… It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.”

Would the couple step forward.

[Me] *To couple* I ask you now to state your intentions. Jennifer, is it true that you come of your own free will and accord?

[Jennifer] Yes, it is true. I have come of my own free will, in perfect love and perfect trust, to seek the partnership of Miranda.

[Me] And you, Miranda, do you also come here today of your own accord?

[Miranda] Yes, I come of my own free will, in perfect love and perfect trust, to seek the partnership of Jennifer

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[Me] Above you are the stars, below you are the stones, as time doth pass, remember… Like a stone should your love be firm, like a star should your love be constant. Let the powers of the mind and of the intellect guide you in your marriage, let the strength of your wills bind you together, let the power of love and desire make you happy, and the strength of your dedication make you inseparable. Be close, but not too close. Possess one another, yet be understanding. Have patience with one another, for storms will come, but they will pass quickly. Be free in giving affection and warmth. Let the innocent passion and joy of your relationship be with you always.

In times past it was believed that the human soul shared characteristics with all things divine. It is this belief which assigned virtues to the cardinal directions; East, South, West and North. It is in this tradition that a blessing is offered in support of this ceremony.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of the East. Communication of the heart, mind, and body. Fresh beginnings with the rising of each Sun. The knowledge of the growth found in the sharing of silences.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of the South. Warmth of hearth and home, the heat of the heart’s passion and the light created by both to lighten the darkest of times.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of the West. The deep commitments of the lake, the swift excitement of the river, the refreshing cleansing of the rain and the encompassing passion of the sea.

Blessed be this union with the gifts of the North. Its firm foundation on which to build fertility of the fields to enrich your lives. A stable home to which you may always return.

Each of these blessings from the four cardinal directions emphasizes those things which will help you build a happy and successful union. Yet they are only tools. Tools which you must use together in order to create what you seek in this union. I bid you look into each other’s eyes.

*If you have prepared vows, or would like to speak words to each other, now would be the time before the handfasting.*

[Me] Miranda Rayn Richardson, will you cause her pain?

[Miranda] I may.

[Me] Is that your intent?

[Miranda] No.

[Me] Jennifer Lynn Gorham, will you cause her pain?

[Jennifer] I may.

[Me] Is that your intent?

[Jennifer] No

[Me] *To Both* Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?

[Both] Yes

[Me] And so the binding is made. Join your hands *First cord is draped across the bride and grooms hands*

[Me] Jennifer, will you share her laughter?

[Jennifer] Yes.

[Me] Miranda, will you share her laughter?

[Miranda] Yes.

[Me] *To Both* Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?

[Both] Yes.

[Me] And so the binding is made. *Second cord is draped across the couple’s hands*

[Me] Miranda, will you burden her?

[Miranda] I may.

[Me] Is that your intent?

[Miranda] No.

[Me] Jennifer, will you burden her?

[Jennifer] I may.

[Me] Is that your intent?

[Jennifer] No.

[Me] *To Both* Will you share the burdens of each other so that your spirits may grow in this union?

[Both] Yes.

[Me] And so the binding is made. *Drape third cord across the couple’s hands*

[Me] Jennifer, will you share her dreams?

[Jennifer] Yes.

[Me] Miranda, will you share her dreams?

[Miranda] Yes.

[Me] *To Both* Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?

[Both] Yes.

[Me] And so the binding is made. *Drape fourth cord across the couple’s hands*

[Me] Miranda, will you cause her anger?

[Miranda] I may.

[Me] Is that your intent?

[Miranda] No.

[Me] Jennifer, will you cause her anger?

[Jennifer] I may.

[Me] Is that your intent?

[Jennifer] No.

[Me] *To Both* Will you take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this union?

[Both] We will.

[Me] And so the binding is made. *Drape fifth cord across the couple’s hands*

[Me] Jennifer, will you honor her?

[Jennifer] I will.

[Me] Miranda, will you honor her?

[Miranda] I will.

[Me] *To Both* Will you seek to never give cause to break that honor?

[Both] We shall never do so.

[Me] And so the binding is made. *Drape sixth cord across the couples hands* *Tie cords together while saying:* the knots of this binding are not formed by these cords but instead by your vows. Either of you may drop the cords, for as always, you hold in your own hands the making or breaking of this union.

May that glory which rests on all who love, rest upon you, bless you, and fill you with happiness and a gracious spirit. May all that is noble and lovely and true abound in your hearts, and abide within you. May it give you strength in all your days together, may you accept life’s rewards and bear its burdens together for all time. Then, as the Goddess and the God and the Old Ones are witness to this rite I now pronounce you Partners for Life. You may embrace.

Please join the newly wedded couple for refreshments etc…




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