I have performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies and one of my favorite passages to use during the ceremony is called, “Blessing of the Hands”. This holds a very romantic and powerful message to the bride and groom. Customarily I have couples face each other, usually right before they repeat their vows and I have them hold each others hands. I ask them to look down at the hands they are holding on their wedding day, then I follow with these words.
“These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind. These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one. These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.”