From the traditional Irish blessing,
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon you.
And as long as you live,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
May God give you…
A rainbow for every storm
A smile for every tear,
And may you always have an answer for each prayer.
From the seven blessings of the traditional Jewish wedding,
May there be gladness and delight, brotherhood and peace, love and true companionship in your life together. And may you remember the words of the Song of Solomon, “I am my beloveds and my beloved is mine.”
From some of the various traditions, my own thoughts:
May you always trust one another and trust the inherent goodness in the universe, finding the silver lining in everything that comes your way
May your home always radiate happiness and unity. May anyone entering there be uplifted and inspired by your harmony and love
May you see God in each other, recognizing your own inner greatness reflected in the eyes of the other
May you never see unhappiness, not even in your dreams
May you stand side by side in your marriage, facing outward so that your love and light can inspire and serve the world
May you remember that life depends on love and travel life’s journey together with great ease and joy.
From the Buddhist Metta (Loving-Kindness )prayer
May you know happiness and the source of happiness
May you know peace, as everyone wishes to know peace
May you be free from suffering, and be strong and healthy
May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.
And wedding blessings in the Indian tradition always end with,
Sarva Mangalam (may everything in your life be auspicious…)
Blessings for the World
At this time in the world, it’s easy to find difficulties and rare to find reasons to celebrate. So we take this time to offer the blessings of the wedding day to everyone everywhere in the world.
From the Buddhist Prayer of Loving Kindness (Metta Sutra)
We offer our prayers for all living beings,
feeble or strong,
short, small or large, seen or unseen,
Those dwelling far or near,
those who are born, and those who are to be born,
May all beings, without exception, know happiness
Such as we know here today
From the Indian Universal Prayer
May everyone surmount their difficulties.
May everyone see only auspicious sights.
May everyone, everywhere be glad.
Amen. May it be so
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