HOMILY

This is where the JP would talk about the sanctity of marriage, culturally, emotionally, socially. Below are some samples.

Sample Homily

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks – all those sentences that began with “When we’re married” and continued with “I will and you will and we will”- those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”- and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “ You know all those things we’ve promised and hoped and dreamed- well, I meant it all, every word.” Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another- acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last few years. Now you shall say a few words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world, this- is my husband, this- is my wife.

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No other human ties more tender, no other vows more sacred than those you are about to assume. In the face of the chaos of everyday life, every wedding is a celebration of the human potential for goodness. It is a celebration of our ability to live in love and peace. And it is a gift to those attendant, that they may live within the sanctity of their own vows.

Sample Homily

As they prepare to join their lives, it’s important to understand that everyone present has played a part in shaping the characters of (Groom) & (Bride), and will play a vital role in their continuing lives. And thus we are here not only to witness their vows to each other, but also bestow upon them our blessing.

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As part of the invitation to be here is a covenant that the continuity of our support is not only unbroken, but strengthened by this very moment in time.

Strengthened in 2 ways, one, that we pledge here our counsel and love in support of both (Groom) & (Bride) as they move through their days as partners, that we continue, through action and words, to show them a mirror of themselves, both individually and together, at their best.
Just as they will do with each other

And two, that witnessing their pledge reminds us of of the things that we’ve devoted our lives to, our partners, our work, our hearts. For a wedding is a reflection both between the betrothed, but also among the congregation, you may not feel very religious, but what we have here, is, in fact, a congregation.

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Love is the force that allows us to face fear and uncertainty with courage. Yet we must acknowledge the giving of yourself in love is difficult: you must learn to give of your love without total submission of yourself. Therefore, in your giving, remember to preserve yourself – you integrity, your individuality. This is the challenge of love within marriage.

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Marriage is a supreme sharing of experience, and an adventure in the most intimate of human relationships. It is the joyous union of two people whose comradeship and mutual understanding have flowered in romance. Today Bride and Groom proclaim their love and commitment to the world, and we gather here to rejoice, with and for them, in the new life they now undertake together.

The joy we feel now is a solemn joy, because the act of marriage has many consequences, both social and personal. Marriage requires “love,” a word we often use with vagueness and sentimentality. We may assume that love is some rare and mystical event, when in fact it is our natural state of being.

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Marriage is a commitment to life – to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, a joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. There may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.