In this section, we'll address the opening prayer for 
your service.  Generally speaking this is a short prayer to keep families 
happy.  It has been our experience that most couple have someone in the family who 
is very religious, and the couples do not want to offend them by omitting this important
element from the service.  Below you'll find some simple and quick prayers that 
I have used over the years when performing weddings.  Feel free to modify them as
you like.


OPENING PRAYER


1. 
We now ask for a moment of silence to think of and remember those in our hearts 
who cannot or could not be with us today.

Father we ask that you bless this couple and this union today.
Guide them in all that they do as a couple.

Strengthen them in times of weakness and encourage them in times of fear.
Be a light unto their feet Lord, as they walk your path of love from this day forth.
This we pray in your name. Amen. 



2.
Let us pray, Father we ask that you bless this couple and this union today.
Guide them in all that they do as a couple, strengthen them in times of 
weakness and encourage them in times of fear.
This we pray in your name amen.



3.
Let us Pray
Heavenly Father, we ask that you bless this couple who now stands before 
you with your love and guidance in the days and months to come as they embark 
upon this new lives.  May they always find forgiveness and understanding 
to withstand the adversities of life.
This we pray in your name Amen.


4.
The OUR FATHER can be sung OR read aloud by family for friends.



5.
It is our prayer that your hearts will be molded together this day 
with God's seal of approval.
May your marriage be such that all will know that you not only have 
a deep and abiding love for each other but for God as well. 




6.
Heavenly Father, we ask your blessing this day for this couple who now stands before us 
on this their wedding day.  Bless them Father, and this union.  Father 
make their home a home of laughter, and joy as they now join together to create 
a new family.

Bless this unborn child Lord, and send your angels to continually watch over him or her.
This we pray,
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost we pray Amen.


7.
Let us pray
Heavenly Father, we have gathered here in your presence and ask that you and all the angles 
in heaven join with us as we join this man and this woman in Holy matrimony.  Let us all 
be mindful to remember that this holy relationship is not one to be entered into unadvisedly 
or lightly but with reverence and with dignanty.

Father, let those present renew their own commitments to their partners, and to you 
this day.  Encourage those here to rekindle the love that is true in their 
own hearts.

This pray, in your name.
Amen.


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