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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You

Of all the marriage ceremonies for which I have had the pleasure of officiating, the one wedding which has meant the most to me has been my dear friend and fellow clergy woman, Lady Sabrina Rhiannon's. She and her husband had decided they wished to have a legal Christian-Pagan Handfasting ceremony. In other words, an inter-faith wedding.






Lady Sabrina Rhiannon had performed the legal handfasting for my husband and I just a couple of years before and I was elated to have had the opportunity to return the favor - most especially because we had become such close friends. The wedding ceremony, written by Lady Sabrina Rhiannon herself, was a lovely union between  Paganism and Christianity.






To my delight, the wedding took place in the exact same Lutheran church I had grown up in. As it turned out, her husband had attended the same Sunday School there as I so many years ago. 






The ceremony had all the elements of a Pagan Handfasting such as the calling of the corners, invoking the Goddess and God and the joining of the couples' wrists to represent the "tying of the knot," together with the parts of a Christian wedding including the couples' vows and their exchange of rings. Add to all of this the love and support of your family and friends and you end up with a beautiful ceremony and a lifetime of memories you will never forget.



As with my own Handfasting ceremony, there were pamphlets handed out to all of the guests, explaining what they were about to witness. This is particularly helpful to the non-Pagan guests in attendance.

(This was the pamphlet which my husband & I gave out at our Handfasting)

Quite truthfully, when it comes down to it, we are all a part of the same "religious family", so to speak, and in the end it's all about the love.


Three generations of reiki - My Reiki Master Fran (Lady Sabrina Rhiannon), me and Fran's Reiki Master Vladimir Cucura, Jr., CRM

2 comments:

  1. Looks beautiful!! I have some ideas I want to talk to you about as Sean and I get closer to our family ceremony.

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  2. Wonderful! I can't wait to hear your ideas. How exciting!

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