Old Religion wedding ceremony

Old Religion wedding ceremony

UU/Old Religion wedding

We used the Gardnerian “Prayer to the Cosmic One” for the chalice lighting:

High Priestess

In token of the two traditions brought together here tonight, we light the
flaming chalice, the symbol of Unitarian Universalism, with a prayer of the Old
Religion:
In the Name of the Cosmic One
The ancient Providence
Which was from the beginning
And is for eternity
Male and female;
All-knowing, all-pervading, all-powerful,
Changeless and eternal;
In the Name of the Lady of the Moon
And the Lord of Death and Resurrection;
In the names of the Mighty Ones of the Four Quarters,
The Rulers of the Elements;
Blessed be this time and this place
And we who are now gathered here.

We spoke these vows:

Bride

By seed and root, by bud and stem, by leaf and flower and fruit, by my life and
by my love for you; I, Phaedra, take you Keith in the Sacred Marriage.  I
pledge to you my heart, my body, my life and my spirit.  I will be to you as
the earth to the sun, as the moon to the stars.  I will be Priestess at your
altar, wife in your home and Goddess to the God in you.”

Groom

By seed and root, by bud and stem, by leaf and flower and fruit, by my life and
by my love for you; I, Keith, take you Phaedra in the Sacred Marriage.  I
pledge to you my heart, my body, my life and my spirit.  I will be to you as
the sun to the earth, as the stars to the moon.  I will be Priest at your
altar, husband in your home and God to the Goddess in you.”

I get misty-eyed just remembering.