MARRIAGE SERVICE FOR
REVEREND CHARLES NAHALE
(Groom) and (Bride), we are here to celebrate your marriage. This day you have chosen to affirm your love for each other with spoken words, with prayer, and with the sharing of symbols.
VERSE BY THE SEA
Marriage is a commitment to life… to the best that two people can find and bring out of each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth no other human relationship can equal, a physical and emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.
Within the circle of it’s love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships, a wife and husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher and listener. There may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other brings healing and steadfastness of a sturdy foundation that allows the marriage covenant to be established.
Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger.
Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life.
When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfill.
ALOHA to both of you and welcome to our island!
SHARING OF LEIS
For those of us who call Hawaii home, the flower lei is a symbol of love, it is also a symbol of things fragile and temporal. A flower lei will last for a day or two and then it is gone. Our lives are like the lei within the span of eternity. We are here in this lifetime for only a brief moment. May the leis you now offer each other be recognized for the earnestness of you love for each other.
The Hawaiians have a traditional saying, “Honi ka waa” (Bride and Groom kiss each other on the mouth)
DECLARATION OF INTENTION
(Groom), do you wish for (Bride) to be known as your wife? If so, please say, “I do.”
(Bride), do you wish for (Groom) to be known as your husband? If so, please say, “I do.”
(Groom) and (Bride) do you promise to let you love for each other grow, as it will, as it must, so that in the years to come, you will renew your acceptance, your understanding and your trust of one another? If so, please say, “We promise.”
(Repeat after the minister) I, (Groom / Bride) take you (Bride / Groom) to be my wife / husband. I promise to love you, honor you, and cherish you. I will be a companion to you. I will share my strengths and my achievements. I promise to respect you and be a friend to you for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live.
The wedding rings are a symbol of longevity in the marriage covenant. The circle of the ring symbolizes a never ending circle of love and commitment that you are making. Always see the best in each other and each day that you are together, when you look at the beauty of these rings, remember the love that you have for each other is forever.
(Repeat after the minister) (Bride / Groom), I give this ring to you as a sign of my love. I give myself to you to be your husband / wife so that from this day forward you shall not walk alone. I feel so honored to have you as my wife / husband. I vow to love and sustain you in the covenant of our marriage for as long as we both shall live.
We have witnesses to this special day. Therefore, I, and those of us here with you, recognize that you have become husband and wife and we and all of your family and friends shall honor you as the same from this day forward.
PRAYER OF BLESSING (optional)
Imau aku kaloko maika’i
O ka haku o Iesu Cristo
Me kealoha o keakua’a
Mekalauna puana o ka’uhane
Hemolele me ka ko apa’u, Amene
May the grace of our lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the communion of his spirit be with you always. May God bless you and keep you. May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May God lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen
(Groom) and (Bride), remember this day here in beautiful (town, Maui) with joy and thanksgiving, and may you love to live and live to love.
Now by the power given unto me as a minister of the Gospel, and by the laws of this state, I now pronounce that you are husband and wife. Therefore, you may kiss your bride!
Whom God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
Aloha E! Aloha E! Aloha E!
I present to you Mr. And Mrs. (Groom) and (Bride) (Last Name)!