Renewal of Wedding Vows
Renewal of Wedding Vows
Needed items: Light peat brick for outside fire, mead for everyone
Druid: Welcome, Welcome everyone. We are gathered here, in the beautiful garden, under the eyes of the Sun and Moon, and support by the nurturing Earth beneath us. We are here to bear witness to a re-dedication of the scared vows between these two loving people. This time has been set aside for this gathering of family and friends.
- Let us joins hands to form a form a circle of friendship and love. Let us take 3 breaths together:
- Take a long slow breath for the Earth beneath us
- Take a long slow breath for the Sky above us
- Take a long slow breath for the Seas that surround our Sacred Lands
You may release hands
We call to the spirits of this circle, the spirits of this place. We call to the Ancestors and Guides of Mate 1 and Mate 2, we ask you to join us here in the sacred place to bear witness, to give your guidance, protection, inspiration and your blessings on this celebration of love and honor.
Before any work can be done, there must be Peace
- May there be Peace in the North – light candle
- May there be Peace in the South – light candle
- May there be Peace in the West – light candle
- May there be Peace in the East – light candle
Time for Magic: cast the Circle (Celebrant)
Let the Circle be blessed and consecrated with Fire and Water (two friends)
Friend 1: By the Hawk of Dawn that flies in the clear, pure air we invite the spirits of the East, of Air, Spring, clear vision and thought, to bless us with their presence. We ask that they too bear witness and bless this day with their guidance, and inspiration.
Friend 2: By the Great Stag in the heat of the chase and the inner fire of the Sun we invite the spirits of the South, of Fire, Summer, of personal will and manifestation, to bless us with their presence. We ask that they too bear witness and bless this day with their guidance, and inspiration.
Friend 3: By the Salmon of Wisdom that dwells in the sacred pool, we invite the spirits of the West, of Water, Autumn, healing and dreaming, to bless us with their presence. We ask that they too bear witness and bless this day with their guidance and inspiration.
Friend 4: By the Great Bear in the starry Heavens and the deep fruitful Earth, we invite the spirits of the North, of Earth, Winter, the time of cleansing and renewal, to bless us with their presence. We ask that they too bear witness and bless this day with their guidance and inspiration.
(5 minutes to get to this point)
We are here for this couple to re-affirm their vows
- Mate 2 and Mate 1 – Please face each other, now hold each other’s left hand –
- Musicians – play _________
Take cord and start a wrap around hands
_____ and ______, when you first joined hands and hearts (___) years ago, you did not know where life would take you. Marriage is a precious gift; a lifelong dedication to love and a daily challenge to love one another more fully and more freely. You promised to love, honor and cherish one another through all things. Life has surely brought you both wonderful blessings and difficult tribulations. Therefore, you have fulfilled your promise.
The vows you will now renew are a solemn pledge of love and are a reaffirmation of your commitment to one another. Please face each other and join hands.
Mate 1, if you wish to reaffirm your love for Mate 2, then look into their eyes and into their heart and repeat after me:
On this day ___ years ago, I promised to love you and cherish you, all the days of my life. I hereby reaffirm that promise, in the presence our friends and family. Mate 2 you have been my best friend and companion, but most of all, you have been my beautiful loving ____ for all these years, and I renew my pledge to you today, of my eternal devotion.
Mate 2, if you wish to reaffirm your love for Mate 1, then look into their eyes and into their heart and repeat after me:
On this day ___ years ago, I promised to love you and cherish you, all the days of my life. I hereby reaffirm that promise, in the presence of our friends and family. Mate 1 you have been my best friend and companion, but most of all you have been my handsome loving _____ for all these years, and I renew my pledge to you today of my eternal devotion.
Re-Dedication with Talismans
Mate 1 and Mate 2, you have chosen to these talismans represent the ties that bind you together as _____ and ______. They are an endless power that protects your marriage union which shall be eternal.
Mate 1, please place this necklace on Mate 2, and repeat after me:
Please wear this necklace it as a sign of my love and a notice to all the world that you have chosen me to be your ________.
Mate 2, please place this necklace on Mate 1, and repeat after me:
Please wear it as a sign of my love and a notice to all the world that you have chosen me to be your _______.
Let these serve as the symbol of your continued love and commitment to each other and may they also serve as a sign of your continued happiness and joy.
Mate 1 and Mate 2, may the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your worries.
May your joys be sweet as spring flowers
As bright as a fire when winter winds blow
As countless as leaves that float down in the fall
As serene as the love that keeps watch over all.
And may you live the days of your lives in peace, love, and happiness.
Mate 1 and Mate 2, having witnessed your vows of affirmation with all who are assembled here, and by the authority of love itself, I do affirm that you have expressed your desire to continue your journey as _____ and ______.
You may seal your vows, and confirm your continued commitment and love for each other, with a kiss.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to present to you, once again as ____ and ____, Mate 1 and Mate 2 !
We are also joined by a very special person – child’s name, please join us
Child – please place your hand in the cord
- Do you love your _______?
- Do you love your _______?
- Do you promise to listen to them?
- Do you wish to join with them as a family?
- Will you wear this necklace?
- Everyone, please recognize Child Parent’s last name!
Druid: Everyone The _____ Family !
Druid – opens circle
Druid – allow everyone the exit, then thank the spirits of the quarters and open the circle. Dispense of left over water and earth to the spirits of place.
By Richard Abbott, OBOD Druid Companion
Sacred Rite of Parting
The Sacred Rite of Parting
Spirits of this circle, spirits of this place, spirits of this land we ask for your guidance, inspiration & blessings on this our Parting Rite for David _____________.
Let there be peace in the East, so let it be.
Let there be peace in the South, so let it be.
Let there be peace in the West, so let it be.
Let there be peace in the North, so let it be.
Let there be peace through all the Worlds. So let it be.
We gather in peace, soul to soul, within this sacred place and with clear intent. We stand in the eye of the Sun and upon this hallowed Earth, so to witness the sacred Rite of Passing for David _____________. We come to honour him.
The circle is cast tightly.
Calls to the Four Directions using words such as these.
EAST : We call upon the Hawk of Dawn who soars in the clear pure air, who sees far and flies swift and true between the worlds. We call upon the Powers of this east & ask that you may bless and inspire this rite.
SOUTH : We call the Great Stag in the heat of the chase and the inner fire of the sun, whose strength of purpose protects the herd from harm. We call upon the powers of the South & ask that you bless and inspire this rite.
WEST : We call upon the Salmon of Wisdom who dwells within the sacred waters of the pool, who gives the gift of knowing this world and the worlds beyond. We call upon the powers of the West & ask that you bless and inspire this rite.
NORTH : We call upon the Great Bear of the starry heavens and the deep fruitful earth. We call upon the Powers of the North and ask that you may bless and inspire this rite
We honour the Spirits of the skies that guide us to stretch & grow; breath of life, soft breeze and chasing winds; feathered folk who know the dance of freedom upon the wing.
We honour the Spirits of the earth that holds and feeds us; mud of our lands, rich and fertile soil in which we deeply root; rocks and stones, gems of the earth, you who give us stability underfoot.
We honour Spirits of the open seas that wash and shape the shores of these lands; meandering rivers, guiding our direction.
We honour Spirits of this place. Know that you are honoured here.
THE ANCESTORS ARE HONOURED
I call in peace to the ancestors of these sacred islands, you whose feet have walked the fields and forests, the valleys and hills, those whose hands have worked the earth and touched the waters of the seas, you whose stories lie in the mud and sing in the wind, whose breath we now breathe. I call to you that we may feel your presence here, that you may know you are honoured here.
I call in peace to the ancestors of our spiritual heritage, teachers of old who guide us now, whose wisdom whispers in our hearts and minds. I call to you that we may hear your wisdom here, that you may know you are honoured here.
I call in peace to the ancestors of our blood, those to whom we are joined through birth and death, heart to heart, womb to womb, whose love and tears, strength and weaknesses, remain as stories in our bones. I call to you that we may accept the gifts you bring, that you may know you are honoured here.
I call in peace to the ancestors of David _____________, those of the blood line. Gathering together as the hidden company on this sacred day, joining those who have come to say farewell, guiding the soul of David and honouring his life, know that you are welcome here in peace.
May this rite be blessed by your presence. May we have ears for those who have gone before.
As the spiral path leads to the centre, closer to the source,
May Spirit embrace you, David _____________, as its own.
Returned are you to the Fire, to the power of transformation
Returned are you to the Earth, to the comfort of the Mother
Returned are you to the Water, to the realms of Healing
Returned are you to the Air, to the breath of life
And we wish you well.
As the moon waxes and wanes,
As the seasons turn from Spring to Winter,
All endings bring new beginnings.
Deep peace of the running waves to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the shining stars to you
Deep peace of the shades of night to you
Moon and stars, always giving light to you.
Let us now make our feast, sharing all we have with our ancestors and the one departed.
Malt Loaf and a bottle of Tribute
Mother Earth, in the name of our gods, the gods of our land and of our ancestors we give you thanks.
Father Sky, in the name of our gods, the gods of our land and of our ancestors, we give you thanks.
The first apple is offered back to the earth and the spirits of the place.
The second apple is given to the ancestors and the deceased – thrown or placed into the sea.
We offer apples, fruit of this sacred land, that he who has departed will know he is loved and remembered.
May those who have gone before prepare a joyous welcome among their company in the blessed land. May understanding grow there with the stories told, may nourishment be found in the food of angels, with remembrance of love and the soul’s release into perfect freedom. So may it be.
David, rest from you travels in this existence and when you are well rested and ready for your new adventure to begin, may you hear our words on fresh breezes, an ancient blessing on your new journey.
May a new road rise to meet your feet,
May a gentle wind be always at your back,
May the Sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rain fall softly upon new fields,
Until we meet again
May spirit guide you safely to a new land.
So may it be.
In order to allow the spirit of our companion to make the journey in strength, we must now hand over to those from the other worlds who would guide him.
There is a period of silence.
THE CLOSING OF THE RITE
We give thanks to all unseen who have blessed this ceremony, to you who have come in peace, seen and unseen, ancestors of this sacred land and of our spiritual heritage, we give you thanks for your presence, your guidance and inspiration. To those joined in blood to the one honoured in this rite, David _____________, we give you special thanks. Return to your realms in peace, as in peace you came. With thanks, with respect we bid you farewell.
May the Spirits of the Four Directions be honoured.
NORTH : By the power of the great bear in the starry heavens and the deep and fruitful earth, we thank the spirits of the north for the blessings on this ceremony. May your wisdom remain with David _____________ upon his way, and with those who grieve for his parting.
WEST : By the power of the Salmon of wisdom that dwells in the sacred pool, we thank the spirits of the west for the blessings on this ceremony. May your wisdom remain with David _____________ upon his way, and with those who grieve for his parting.
SOUTH : By the power of the great stag in the heat of the chase and the inner fire of the Sun, we thank the spirits of the south for the blessings on this ceremony. May your wisdom remain with David _____________ upon his way, and with those who grieve for his parting.
EAST : By the power of the Hawk of dawn that flies in the clear pure air, we thank the spirits of the East for the blessings on this ceremony. May your wisdom remain with David _____________ upon his way, and with those who grieve for his parting.
Spirits of this circle, Spirits of this place, guides and guardians of David _____________, we thank you for your inspiration, guidance, protection and blessings on this rite of parting. We ask that you continue to watch over and inspire David _____________ in his journey. This circle of honour and love is now open but it is never broken. So may it be. I declare this the Rite of Passing Ceremony for David _____________ closed in the apparent world may its inspiration continue in our beings.
By Breanna, for public use on OBOD Message Board
Circle of Elders
RITE OF THE CIRCLE OF ELDERS
1. A group of Elders is convened at a suitable place. The members can be people who have gone through a formal Croning or Saging ritual, or people who by virtue of their age, experience and wisdom are recognized as Elders within their community. It is suggested that elders be a least 50 years of age.
The person seeking to be recognized shall wait outside the circle until summoned.
2. Ritual. The Ritual is led by an elder familiar with ritual work (Elder 1).
Elder 1. We are gathered together here today/tonight because there is one who seeks to join the Circle of Elders, as Crone/Sage/ Wise Person.
I would ask each one of you to take a few deep breaths and ground themselves so we may create an appropriate space for this work. Each Elder here follows a different path and seeks wisdom from different Gods, Goddesses, Spirits and Ancestors.
I would ask that each of you take a minute to seek blessings upon this Circle of Elders according to your own path.
(When this work is completed and Elder 1 is satisfied that a sacred space has been created, the Seeker is brought to the East side of the circle by Elder 2.)
Elder 1. Who comes to the circle of Elders and what does he/she seek.
Elder 2. (Name of Seeker) comes to the Circle of Elders and seeks to become one with the Circle.
Elder 1. Bid him/her welcome and bring them forward.
(The Seeker enters the circle and faces East.)
Elder 1. We welcome you Seeker, but must know more of your life before we can be sure you are ready to join this Circle. Are you prepared to tell us briefly of your life?
Seeker. I am prepared.
Elder 1. Face then the East and tell us of your life and deeds as a child.
Seeker. (Tells briefly of his/her life as a child.)
Elder 2. Face then the South and tell us of your life and deeds as a young man/woman.
Seeker. (Tells briefly of his life as a young man/woman.)
Elder 3. Face then the West and tell us of your life and deeds as a grown man/woman.
Seeker. (Tells briefly of his life and deeds as a grown man/woman.)
Elder 1. It is well and good we have learned of your life before. Know now that your youth has passed, as have your years as both a young and grown man/woman.
Before we continue we must be certain that you have known certain things
Elder 2. Have you ever held a crying child to comfort it?
Elder 3. Have you ever struggled and prevailed over something that you thought was impossible.
Elder 4. Have you ever served just causes for the benefit of your fellow men and women.
Elder 1. It is good to know you have experienced these things.
The time now approaches to face the North. It is fitting that you do so now as Samhain approaches and the time death, of letting go, and pruning is upon us. To face the North is to face the Shimmering Gate through which we all shall pass. Are you ready to face the North and the shimmering Gate?
Elder 1. Face then the North and answer but a few more of our questions.
Seeker. (Faces north.)
Elder 2. Have you seen the face of death?
Elder 3. From what God or Goddesses do you seek blessings for this, the last part of your life?
Elder 4. What oath would you make to them?
Elder 1. With the Blessing of this Circle of Elders I welcome you. Know that you have walked the long path and you are ready to join the Elders.
Please accept this token to remember the long path and your entry into the Circle of Elders.
Please meet the other members of the Circle and take your place in the Circle
Elder 1. I thank you all for attending here. I would ask each of you to take a moment to ask your God, Goddesses, Spirits and Ancestors to give their blessings to the work that has been done here.
Our work is now finished until another seeks to join us. I hereby declare this Rite of the Circle of Elders closed in the Apparent World. May its inspiration continue within our hearts and beings.
By RidgeDruid at OBOD Message Board