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Vow Renewals
While there are many milestones in our lives, vow renewals stand out as a wonderful celebration, reminder and reinforcement for couples. What better way to acknowledge and reaffirm the life's journey you are sharing.
Our source material "Compose Your Own Wedding" is offered to those happy couples who are continuing to celebrate the commitment they made.

When couples seek to renew their vows we seek to offer something that reflects their own reasons for renewal.  The following is a recent example of the beginning of a renewal ceremony.

We are gathered together to  witness and celebrate the commitment of marriage that Herb and Elaine have chosen to renew.  Actually Herb has chosen this event as an opportunity to share with his bride of twenty three years and the “Brady Bunch” family of theirs, how important the love they have together is to him.  After talking with Herb I felt that Sophocles stated so clearly what is in Herb’s heart: “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life.  That word is love.”

It is with great honor that I join Herb and Elaine, their children, Michael, David, Robert, Tammy, Wendy, Dina, their children’s mates, and their grandchildren Madison, Caitlin, Jason, Samantha and Ryan in welcoming everyone to this ceremony of renewal.

Marriage is an act of faith and a personal commitment as well as a moral and physical union between you. Marriage has been described as the best and most important relationship that can exist between two human beings. It is the construction of your love and trust into a single growing energy of spiritual life, it is a moral commitment that requires and deserves daily attention since no earthly happiness exceeds that of a reciprocal satisfaction in the marital state.

When marriage vows are renewed, it is an announcement to the world and to each other that the love which was brought to the wedding day twenty three years ago has grown deeper through the years. 

In this particular situation it is also a recognition of the power love has.  Herb has expressed to me how this is his way of letting you Elaine know, how much love and gratitude he feels for your love and devotion that has sustained all of you through the difficulties of Herb’s illnesses.  The love you share now has grown deeper with the passing of each day and Herb is taking this opportunity to show you in all ways possible what this means to him.

The vows which you are about to make are as sacred as any that can be made, all the more now because after twenty three years together you have a deeper understanding and appreciation of what I am about to ask.

Herb, do you of your own free will and consent continue to choose Elaine as your wife, to live with in the state of matrimony?  Will you continue to love her, comfort her, honor her, keep her in sickness and in health, and keep to her forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
Elaine, do you of your own free will and consent continue to choose Herb as your husband, to live with in the state of matrimony?  Will you continue to love him, comfort him, honor him, keep him in sickness and in health, and keep to him forsaking all others, so long as you both shall live?
Herb's and Elaine's ceremony included exchanging rings and acknowledging their wonderfully expanded family of children, step children, children-in-law, and grandchildren.

Recommended Reading:
Into The Garden by Haas & Mitchell
Weddings From The Heart by Kingma
The New Jewish Wedding by Anita Diamant
Words For Your Wedding by Glusker & Misner
Diane Warner's Complete Book of Wedding Vows
For As Long As We Both Shall Live by Fritts
Compose Your Own Wedding Ceremony
by Dick & Nancy Weber (available through Unlimited Mind Publications - (888) 266-9462

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