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Hand Fasting

A Ritual of Hand Fasting

What is Hand Fasting?

In Europe, until the mid 1700's,
few unions were sanctified in a church or synagogue.
Rather, they were celebrated by a simple hand fasting ceremony
in which the two partners joined hands
over the village anvil, in the fields,
or in the groves of trees.
The couple would link hands to form an infinite circle,
and then their hands or wrists would be bound together,
symbolizing the binding together of their two lives into one.
It is from this practice that the expression
"tying the knot" comes from.


 

_________ and ___________ have chosen this day
to commemorate their entering into the union of marriage
with a traditional hand fasting ceremony.

 



(These words were created for a bride and groom
who were expecting their first child.
Mix and Match, Cut and Paste, Rewrite and write...
and make this ceremony your very own)


 

Brittany, please face Micha, and hold his hands,
palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.  
These are the hands of your best friend,
young and strong and vibrant with love,
that are holding yours on your wedding day,
as he promises to love you all the days of his life.  
These are the hands that will work along side yours,
as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry,
as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.  
These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against you,
until he too, feels his child stir within you.  
These are the hands that look so large and strong,
yet will be so gentle as he holds your baby for the first time.  
These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family.  
These are that hands that will passionately love you
and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.  
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 comfort you in illness,
and hold you when fear or grief wrack your mind.  
These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin
and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: e
yes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.

Micha, please hold Brittany's hands,
palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you.  
These are the hands of your best friend,
smooth, young and carefree,
that are holding yours on your wedding day,
as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of her life.  
These are the hands that will hold a child in tender love,
soothing them through illness and hurt,
supporting and encouraging them along the way,
and knowing when it is time to let go.  
These are the hands that will massage tension
from your neck and back in the evenings
after you've both had a long hard day.  
These are the hands that will hold you tight
as you struggle through difficult times.  
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick,
or console you when you are grieving.  
These are the hands that will passionately love you
and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.  
These are the hands that will hold you in joy and excitement and hope,
each time she tells you that you are to have another child,
that together you have created a new life.  
These are the hands that will give you support
as she encourages you to chase down your dreams.
These hands are stronger together than tey are apart.

Bless these hands that you see before you this day.  
May they always be held by one another.
Give them the strength to hold on
during the storms of stress and the shadow of disillusionment.  
Keep them tender and gentle
as they nurture each other in their wondrous love.  
Help these hands to continue building a relationship
founded in grace, and rich in caring and devotion.
 


As a symbol of connection,
the hands are now gently tied together,
with a ribbon, a band of cloth, or the minister's stole.


 May the love that has grown between you
be a blessing to all those around you,
binding everything together in perfect harmony.
"An invisible thread connects those
who are destined to meet,
regardless of time, place or circumstance.
The thread may stretch or tangle,
but it will never break.
May you both always be open
to each new thread that comes into your lives –
and may you weave them into a brilliant and beautiful life."


 


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