“Benediction of the Apaches”

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A popular reading for wedding ceremonies is called “Benediction of the Apaches” . Sometimes I suggest this heartfelt reading for those who do not wish for a prayer in their ceremony. These words contain a desire to fulfill the needs of each other, and although we will feel loneliness at times even after marriage, that loneliness is tempered by the love that comes from the relationship which is being formed in marriage.

“Benediction of the Apaches”

“Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness for you.
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one Life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth”

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