Rush Services for Urgent Orders  |  100% adjustable Sample Cost  |  Free Shipping for Card Samples
24x7 SUPPORT USA (Toll Free): 888-466-0202 | Canada (Toll Free): 647-247-5108 | UK (Toll Free): 203-695-2486 | Rest of the world +91-86969 11111
24x7 SUPPORT USA (Toll Free): 888-466-0202

Christian Program Book - Style 1

These templates are just for references & any alteration is possible.

Back



















XXX
&
YYY
8090, Albert hall, NY, USA

Sunday, March 19, 2006




Part-1

Acknowledgements

Mrs. Joyce Powell: You have shaped me into the woman I am. Rest peacefully.
Forever in my heart, you remain.

Dr. Blossom Omeally-Nelson: For your wit, council and blessing Dearest family and friends: Your support is immeasurable

Mrs. Lorraine Clunie & staff of Elegant Weddings: For helping us turn a simple concept into a beautiful and romantic weekend

Ms. Sheila Gaillard, Gai R Collective: Wardrobe Stylist and personal friend. Impeccable taste and always an eye for details

Ms. Julie-Ann Maye-Green (Tweedy): Bride’s Maid. Unmatched authenticity and always a joy for life!

Ms. Laura Butler: Maid of Honor. For all your efforts in making our day special

Mr. David Hinds, Graphic Artist: Your talent and passion are insurmountable

Mr. Artin Powell, Step-father: For being you. Stay strong.

Mr. Tal Stokes: For your steady, unwavering support

Mr. Dave Smith: You have been a true friend through good and bad times. Thanks for sharing this moment.

Mr. Ronald Rothstein, owner Kleinfeld Bridal: Eternally grateful for your genuine outpouring of kindness and support. Thanks to you and your staff.

Jakes: Keep preserving this natural treasure; Adina and staff, Big Up!

Mrs. Carolyn Haughton-Salmon: For helping us start the process

Ms. Elaine Wint: Master of ceremony
Mr. Clive Allen: Photographer & Videographer
Makeup artist (name)
Mr. Seymour Green: Musician

Our Story

Similar interests, trials, losses over the years...and now a new beginning. It was the first month of a new year; and on the last American Airlines flight to frigid New York, they met. He, on a business trip, she returning home from a short vacation in Jamaica. They kept in touch and remained supportive of each other though life’s vicissitudes. But God had a plan. He brought Chris and Kayon together to offer a new chance at loving and living holistically and authentically, growing daily in a spiritual union solidified only by God. And their story continues….






Part-2

K
by Nelson Christian Stokes

Pedro Plains sail to Turquoise Sea
Peaceful Carib wind heading westerly
Lovers Leap in the truth of trust
Row not drift, not if I may I must

Pellucid diamond in the midst of coal
Spunk and spirit and unfettered soul
Light of the world gifted light to my life
Through His grace alone
I’ll make you my wife

Words from the head may be reasoned away
Echoes of the heart only are there to stay
Listen then to its drums and not my lips
Hand on my chest with fingertips

Come to me now through the veils of time
Yesterday and its yesterday are
now so sublime
All I see is new day before new day
All that is constant is my love for you

K
Wedding Day Events

Welcome and Blessings:
Pastor David Glover

Scriptures & Ceremony
1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Readings from The Prophet, Khalil Gibran:
On Marriage

Presentation of Locket to NaTalia Stokes

Exchange of Wedding Vows
Exchange of Wedding Rings

Lighting of Unity Candles
Scripture Reading: Psalm 91- A Psalm of
Protection - Mrs. Verna Wong

Presentation of Wedding Couple

Couple’s First Dance

Reception Dinner

Our Song

Truly

Lionel Ritchie

Tell me only this
That I’ll have your heart for always
And you want me by your side
Whispering the words I’ll always love you

And forever I will be your lover
And I know if you really care
I will always be there

Part-3

Now I need to tell you this
There’s no other love like your love
And I, as long as I live,
I’ll give you all the joy
My heart and soul can give

Let me hold you
I need to have you near me
And I feel with you in my arms
This love will last forever

Because I’m truly
Truly in love with you
I’m truly head over heels with your love
I need you, and with your love I’m free
And truly, you know you’re alright with me

Wedding Day Events

Cocktails 4 PM to 5 PM

Wedding Ceremony at Sunset 5 PM

Musical Prelude and Lighting of

Ceremony Candles:

Teressa and Michael Stokes

Officiating Pastors:

David Glover

Roy Gordon

Mother of Bride:
Mrs. Joyce Powell, lovingly remembered

Mother of Groom:
Dr. Blossom Omeally-Nelson

Father of Bride:
Mr. Carmi Smith

Father of Groom:
Dr. Dudley Stokes


Wedding Day Events

Processional

A Whole New World

Groom’s Man:

A Whole New World

Best Man:

Dave Smith

Groom:

Groom:

Bride’s Maid:

Julie-Ann Maye-Green



Part-4



Maid of Honor:

Laura Butler

Mini Bride’s Maid & Ring Presenter:

NaTalia Stokes

YYY

Bride Enters

Kayon Elizabeth


















Christian Program Book - Style 2

These templates are just for references & any alteration is possible.

Back




















XXX
&
YYY

Wedding

June 17, 2006




Part-1

The Wedding Party

Officiate

XXX

Parents of the Bride
XXX and YYY

Parents of the Groom XXX and YYY

Koumbara
XXX

Best Man
XXX

Maid of Honor
XXXX

Bridesmaids
XXXYYY



Groomsmen
XXXYYY
XXXYYY



Ring Bearer
XXXYYY

Flower Girls
XXXYYY
XXXYYY



The Ceremony

The wedding ceremony of the Orthodox Church is an ancient and meaningful service steeped in ritual and symbolism. One of the seven Sacraments, it has been celebrated in its present form for centuries. In it, the bride and groom make a solemn promise before God to love and be true to one another. Marriage is more than a public agreement between a man and woman to share their lives together; it is an action sealed by the Lord Himself. Everything in the ceremony has a special meaning and significance, especially the repetition of each act three times to symbolize the mystical presence of the Holy Trinity.

Our Story

Similar interests, trials, losses over the years...and now a new beginning. It was the first month of a new year; and on the last American Airlines flight to frigid New York, they met. He, on a business trip, she returning home from a short vacation in Jamaica. They kept in touch and remained supportive of each other though life’s vicissitudes. But God had a plan. He brought Chris and Kayon together to offer a new chance at loving and living holistically and authentically, growing daily in a spiritual union solidified only by God. And their story continues….

Part-2

An Orthodox wedding differs from the customary marriage services of other Christian communities. There are no vows exchanged. In fact, the bride and groom do not even speak to each other during the service. This is because, according to Orthodox theology, this is a Sacrament of the Church rather than a contract between two people. The couple is in the church to receive Christ's blessing and his community, through the priest.

The Orthodox marriage ceremony consists of two parts, the Service of the Betrothal and the Service of the Crowning

The Betrothal

Prayers are chanted, asking God to grant Niki and Chris perfect and peaceful love and salvation and to bless them with children. The priest then blesses the rings. The rings become the visible pledge of the betrothal and symbolize the unbreakable commitment of the couple, based on their mutual consent. Holding the rings in his right hand, the priest makes the sign of the cross over their heads three times. He then places the rings on the fourth finger of their right hands and the koumbara exchanges them three times. The exchange signifies that, in married life, the weakness of one partner will be compensated by the strength of the other, the imperfection of one, by the perfections of the other, by themselves, the newly betrothed are incomplete, but together they are made perfect. The Betrothal ends with a prayer that the Lord might make strong their betrothal in faith, truth and love, make them of one mind, and grant them His Heavenly blessings.

The Sacrament of Marriage
The Crowning

During the crowning service, which is the climax of the wedding, the Priest, in several prayers and petitions, asks Almighty God to bless the marriage and to grant to the groom and bride a long and peaceful life, fidelity, mutual love and understanding, children, happiness and prosperity. At the end of the third prayer, the priest, who calls upon God "to join them into one mind and one flesh," unites the right hands of the groom and bride, an act in which depicts the unbreakable and everlasting unity of the couple. The wedding crowns "stefana" (stefana) are signs of the glory and honor with which God crowns the couple during the sacrament. The stefana, joined with a ribbon signifying the unity of the couple, are held aloft by the priest as he blesses them. The crowns are placed on Niki and Chris and they become husband and wife, king and queen of their home, which they must rule with wisdom, integrity, justice and love. The koumbara exchanges the crowns on their heads three times as a witness to the sealing of the union.









Part-3

The Common Cup

Following the crowning, St. Paul's Epistle to Ephesians is read, regarding the mystery and holiness of marriage and the responsibility of a husband and wife to each other. The Gospel is read, describing the marriage at Cana of Galilee that was attended and blessed by Christ. There He reserved his first miracle by converting water into wine and gave of it to the newlyweds. In remembrance of this blessing, the priest gives the husband and wife a cup of wine from which they each drink three times. Niki and Chris drink from the "Common Cup" of life, denoting the mutual sharing of joy and sorrow, the token of a life of harmony. Their joys will be doubled and their sorrows halved, because they will be shared.

The Ceremonial Walk: The Dance of Isaiah

The Priest then leads Niki and Chris in a circle around the table three times while hymns are chanted. The hymns remind the couple of the sacrificial love they are to have for each other in marriage. The Gospel book and Cross on the table, firmly place Jesus Christ at the center of their marriage. The circle represents eternity and the couple's oath to preserve their marriage forever. These are their first steps as a couple and the Church, embodied in the priest, leads them. As they walk, the Koumbara holds the crowns that are on the couple's heads. At the conclusion of the Ceremonial Walk, the priest removes the crowns from Niki and Chris and asks God to grant them a long, happy, and fruitful life together. He then separates their hands, reminding them that only God can separate them from one another.

It is interesting to note:

The right hands are used in putting on the rings. According to all Biblical knowledge we have, it is the right hand of God that blesses; it was to the right hand of the Father that Christ ascended; it is the right that those who will inherit eternal life will go. Thus, in the Sacrament of Marriage, the Church preserves the superiority of the right hand.

Koufeta is a Greek word of Latin origin for Jordan Almonds (bitter-sweet sugar coated almonds). In the early days of the Church, koufeta were distributed to the newlyweds to symbolize the bitterness and sweetness of the married life. The tradition of the koufeta is being carried for over 2000 years and its meaning is shaped according to the culture where the wedding takes place. In the Greek culture, an odd number of white koufeta are given to the guests. The white symbolizes purity, the egg shape fertility and love with no boundaries. The odd-prime number of koufeta is indivisible, and it symbolizes the inseparable bond between the husband and wife.

The Bride and Groom are given white candles to hold throughout the service. The lighted candles symbolize their beliefs in Jesus Christ, the light of the world, and the purity of their lives, which should shine with the light of virtue.




Part-4

We would like to thank each and every one of you for sharing our special day with us. We would especially like to thank our parents for all of the love and support they have given us throughout our lives. Your love and support means the world to us, not only today but also in the days to come.
With Love,
Niki & Chris





















Christian Program Book - Style 3

These templates are just for references & any alteration is possible.

Back



















The Nuptial Mass of
XXX
&
YYY

At 8090, Albert hall, NY, USA

August 14, 2005




Part-1

Maid of Honour
XXXX
Best Man
YYY
Flower Girls Garland Offerers
XXX
YYY

Symbolisms in an Indian Christian Marriage Ceremony
Minnu/Thali (Pendant)
The minnu is an Indian custom incorporated into Kerala Christian marriages. It is a pendant with a cross, the symbol of Christianity, on a gold medallion shaped like a heart. The heart symbolizes the concept of love, and the cross reflects that the relationship between a husband and wife should be in the image of the relationship between Jesus and his bride, the Church.

Seven Strands of Thread
The minnu is put on seven strands of thread from the manthrakodi. Seven represents the Sabbath, the seventh day, which is the day of rest, as well as the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The groom ‘ties the knot’ around the bride’s neck. This signifies the lifelong inseparable bond established in marriage.









Ring Bearer
XXXYYY

Flower Girls
XXXYYY
XXXYYY



The Ceremony

The wedding ceremony of the Orthodox Church is an ancient and meaningful service steeped in ritual and symbolism. One of the seven Sacraments, it has been celebrated in its present form for centuries. In it, the bride and groom make a solemn promise before God to love and be true to one another. Marriage is more than a public agreement between a man and woman to share their lives together; it is an action sealed by the Lord Himself. Everything in the ceremony has a special meaning and significance, especially the repetition of each act three times to symbolize the mystical presence of the Holy Trinity.

Our Story

Similar interests, trials, losses over the years...and now a new beginning. It was the first month of a new year; and on the last American Airlines flight to frigid New York, they met. He, on a business trip, she returning home from a short vacation in Jamaica. They kept in touch and remained supportive of each other though life’s vicissitudes. But God had a plan. He brought Chris and Kayon together to offer a new chance at loving and living holistically and authentically, growing daily in a spiritual union solidified only by God. And their story continues….

Part-2

Manthrakodi (Sari)
Manthra means specially blessed and kodi means new clothes. Placing the manthrakodi upon the bride’s head symbolizes Rebecca, who took a veil and covered herself when she first saw Isaac. This was an act of humility, chastity and devotion to her lifelong partner united in marriage by God. The groom accepts the responsibility to care for and cherish his bride. A woman from the groom’s family stands behind the bride, signifying the reception into the home of her husband.

XXX (Unity Candle)
The XXX (not to be mistaken for the bride) is lit from the bride and groom’s two individual candles and shows the congregation that two distinct lives are now joined together in dependence and growing maturity.

Wedding Rings
Rings are exchanged between the bride and the groom. The circular rings have no end symbolize the mutual love and affection that should continuously flow between the couple.

ENTRANCE RITE
Entrance Hymn: Wedding March Opening Prayer: All stand.

Celebrant: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
All: And also with you.
Celebrant: Let us pray. Father, you have made the bond of marriage a holy mystery, a symbol of Christ’s love for his Church. Hear our prayers for XXX and YYY. With faith in you and in each other, they pledge their love today. May their lives always bear witness to the reality of that love. We ask you this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

LITURGY OF THE WORD
Old Testament Reading: The reader goes to the lectern. All sit and listen. Read by Jino Jacob.

A reading from the book of Genesis. Chapter 2 Verse 18 to 24






Part-3

The Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a suitable partner for him.” So the Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air, and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them; whatever the man called each of them would be its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all wild animals; but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.






















So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man. When he brought her to the man, the man said: “This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called ‘woman’, for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.

This is the word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm: Choir sings. All are free to join.

New Testament Reading: The reader goes to the lectern. All sit and listen. Read by Jordana Saint-Prix.

A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians. Chapter 13 Verse 1 to 7

If I have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but speak without love, I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing.

If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, and knowing everything, and if I have faith in all its fullness, to move mountains, but without love, then I am nothing at all.

Part-4

If I give away all that I possess, piece by piece, and if I even let them take my body to burn it, but am without love, it will do me no good whatsoever.

Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; love is never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offence, and is not resentful.

Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins but delights in the truth; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope, and to endure whatever comes.

Love does not come to an end.
This is the word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading: The celebrant goes to the lectern. All sit and listen. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. Chapter 5 Verse 1 to 12a

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:






“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

RITE OF MARRIAGE

Introductory Address: All stand, including the bride and groom, and the priest addresses them:

My dear friends, you have come together in this church so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of the Church’s minister and this community. Christ abundantly blesses this love. He has already consecrated you in baptism and now he enriches and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity. And so, in the presence of the Church, I ask you to state your intentions.

Part-5

Statement of Intentions: The priest then questions the bride and groom about their freedom of choice, faithfulness to each other, and the acceptance and upbringing of children. The bride and groom answer the questions separately.

XXX and YYY, have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourselves to each other in marriage?

Will you love and honour each other as husband and wife for the rest of your lives?

Will you accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?

Consent and Reception of Consent: The priest invites the couple to declare their consent.

Celebrant: Since it your intention to enter into marriage, join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and his Church.

Groom: I, XXX, take you, YYY, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.

Bride: I, XXX, take you, YYY, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.

Celebrant: You have declared your consent before the Church. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings.

What God has joined, men must not divide. All: Amen.

Blessing of Thali

Celebrant: Lord Jesus, who accepted the church as your spouse by your death on the cross, bless this cross that binds the bride and groom in faith and love. May this Thali, which is a symbol of unity, bind them in invisible love and fidelity. Let this cross give them the strength to accept all the difficulties they may encounter in their life, and to lead a holy life according to your will. Celebrant sprinkles holy water.

Blessing of Manthrakodi

Celebrant: Merciful Lord, who decorated our souls with the eternal cloth of grace, bless this garment. Bless this couple so that they may wear you always through complete dedication and mutual love. Let them live in this world without sin and receive the garment of glory in heaven. Celebrant sprinkles holy water.

The groom ties Thali around bride’s neck and then covers the head of the bride with Manthrakodi













Part-6

Blessing and Exchange of Rings

Celebrant: May the Lord bless these rings which you give to each other as the sign of your love and fidelity.

All: Amen.

The groom places his wife’s ring on her ring finger and says: XXX, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. The bride places her husband’s ring on his ring finger and says:

YYY, take this ring as a sign on my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Bride & Groom keeping the right hand on the Bible repeat after the priest:

Bride & Groom: We solemnly pledge that we will live in one accord, in joy and sorrow, in wealth and poverty, in health and sickness, with mutual love and fidelity until our death. We command to you O Lord, this is our promise, by the Holy Bible.

Prayer of the Faithful

Dear friends, having just witnessed the exchange of vows between Diya and Sandeep, we now turn to the Heavenly Father and pray that He may shower his blessings on them. Your response to every petition will be: Lord, bless their love.

We pray for XXX and YYY that their love which has brought them together today may mature into a deep, strong bond and that they may be able to live joyfully the pledge they have made to each other today. For this we pray to you O Lord.

All: Lord, bless their love.

Lord, we ask you to bless the parents, grandparents and near and dear ones of the newly wed couple. They have brought them up with so much love and affection and prepared them for this great day. Grant them long life and happiness to witness in turn the happiness of their children and grandchildren.

All: Lord, bless their love.

For relatives and friends who walk with us on life’s journey, and for those who have gone before us. Let us Pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, bless their love.

Heavenly Father, we place all our petitions at your feet. There may be many more we would like to make, which remain unexpressed, silent desires of our hearts. May you look after our needs and may we be ever grateful to you, we pray to the Lord.






Part-7

All: Amen.
LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Prayer Over the Gifts

Celebrant: Lord, accept the gifts we offer you on this happy day. In your fatherly love watch over and protect XXX and YYY whom you have united in marriage. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Preface

Celebrant: Father, all powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. By this sacrament your grace united man and woman in an unbreakable bond of love and peace.
You have designated the chaste love of husband and wife for the increase both of the human family and of your own family born in baptism.
You are the loving Father of the world of nature; you are the loving Father of the new creation of grace. In Christian marriage you bring together the two orders of creation: nature’s gift of children enriches the world, and your grace enriches also your Church.
Through Christ the choirs of angels and all the saints praise and worship your glory. May our voices blend with theirs as we join in their unending hymn:

All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from evil.






We pray for XXX and YYY that their love which has brought them together today may mature into a deep, strong bond and that they may be able to live joyfully the pledge they have made to each other today. For this we pray to you O Lord.

All: Lord, bless their love.

Lord, we ask you to bless the parents, grandparents and near and dear ones of the newly wed couple. They have brought them up with so much love and affection and prepared them for this great day. Grant them long life and happiness to witness in turn the happiness of their children and grandchildren.

All: Lord, bless their love.

For relatives and friends who walk with us on life’s journey, and for those who have gone before us. Let us Pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, bless their love.

Heavenly Father, we place all our petitions at your feet. There may be many more we would like to make, which remain unexpressed, silent desires of our hearts. May you look after our needs and may we be ever grateful to you, we pray to the Lord.

Lord you are the author of marriage and our guiding light. We ask you to watch over XXX and YYY and all married couples. May each day of their married life bring them closer to you because of your continuing guidance and care. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Part-8

LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
Prayer Over the Gifts


Celebrant: Lord, accept the gifts we offer you on this happy day. In your fatherly love watch over and protect XXX and YYY whom you have united in marriage. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Preface

Celebrant: Father, all powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. By this sacrament your grace united man and woman in an unbreakable bond of love and peace.

You have designated the chaste love of husband and wife for the increase both of the human family and of your own family born in baptism.

You are the loving Father of the world of nature; you are the loving Father of the new creation of grace. In Christian marriage you bring together the two orders of creation: nature’s gift of children enriches the world, and your grace enriches also your Church.

Through Christ the choirs of angels and all the saints praise and worship your glory. May our voices blend with theirs as we join in their unending hymn:

All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be they name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from evil.





Nuptial Blessing

Celebrant: My dear friends, let us turn to the Lord and pray that he will bless with his grace XXX now married in Christ to YYY and that he will unite in love the couple he has joined in this holy bond.

All pray silently for a short while.

Father, by your power you have made everything out of nothing. In the beginning you created the universe and made mankind in your own likeness. You gave man the constant help of woman so that man and woman should no longer be two, but one flesh, and you teach us that what you have united may never be divided.

Father, you have made the union of man and wife so holy a mystery that it symbolizes the marriage of Christ and his Church.

Father, by your plan man and woman are united, and married life has been established as the one blessing that was not forfeited by original sin or washed away in the flood.

Look with love upon this woman, your daughter, now joined to her husband in marriage. She asks your blessing. Give her the grace of love and peace.

May she always follow the example of the holy women whose praises are sung in the scriptures.

May her husband put his trust in her and recognize that she is his equal and the heir with him to the life of grace. May he always honour her and love her as Christ loves his bride, the Church.

Father, keep them always true to your commandments. Keep them faithful in marriage and let them be living examples of Christian life.

Part-9

Give them the strength which comes from the gospel so that they may be witnesses of Christ to others. Bless them with children and help them be good parents. May they live to see their children’s children. And, after a happy old age, grant them fullness of life with the saints in the Kingdom of heaven.
We ask this though Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

All present show their peace and love for each other by bringing their palms together in a sign of peace.
Choir: Sings Communion Hymn Ave Maria. All those who wish to receive communion proceed to the front, while other remain seated.
Prayer After Communion

Celebrant: Lord, in your love you have given us this Eucharist to unite us with one another and you. As you have made XXX and YYY one in this sacrament of marriage and the sharing of the one bread and one cup, so now make them one in love for each other.

As ask this through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.



CONCLUDING RITE

Final Blessing


Celebrant: God the eternal Father keep you in love with each other, so that the peace of Christ may stay with you and be always in your home.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: May your children bless you, your friends console you, and all men live in peace with you.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: May you always bear witness to the love of God in this world so that the afflicted and the needy will find in you generous friends, and welcome you into the joys of heaven.

All: Amen.

Celebrant: And may almighty god bless you all, the Father and the son, + and the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Choir sings recessional Hymn.

Christian Program Book - Style 4

These templates are just for references & any alteration is possible.

Back
























The Wedding of
XXX


and

YYY
October 9, 2005
Nothing is worth more
than this day
__Goethe

The Wedding of
XXX and
YYY

October 9, 2005 Nothing is worth more than this day
— Goethe

Part-1

Christian Marriage
The deep love of a man and a woman that is expressed in marriage is the most perfect union that we know in this world.

It is the most profound “I Do” that two persons may speak to each other.

It is a complete union of life and love- an intermingling of two lives that now become one.

The marriage union we will witness today is a sacred event. This sacred union is our prayer to God to receive this gift of love, to bless it and perfect it through His Holy Spirit so that this marriage may be a living witness to the love of Christ for his Church.

This marriage speaks of the promise of God’s Presence - the presences that raises this marriage to a new and higher level and reveals the true meaning of Christian love.

The various symbols used in this ceremony today present this meaning to us:

Symbol of the Procession: The bride and groom are led into church, just as their own union they are led into a deep relationship in a life centered in Christ. Christ becomes the focal point of their relationship.

Symbol of the Wedding Ring: The wedding ring is a symbol of the exclusive commitment of this couple. It is a circle without beginning or end and expresses the eternal love to which we are called - a love that finds its model in Jesus Christ.

How They Met

Six years ago, XXX and YYY met while working together in the blistering heat collecting the admission fee for a church function. They were both cordial to one another and shared a few laughs. As a result of the event, XXX and YYY became acquaintances and shared jokes in passing, mostly about each other’s fancy shoes.

A mutual friend, Loreene Neal, an earthly angel, vehemently attempted to make a ‘love connection’ between the two. She would often drop little hints to XXX and YYY about what a wonderful couple they would be. Her famous line was ‘he loves fancy shoes and so do you, it’s a match made in heaven.

Finally, one Sunday morning after worship, she cornered XXX and YYY, and with her angelic smile suggested or should we say demanded that XXX take YYY to brunch. In true XXX fashion, he responded with a curt remark, but obediently, yet reluctantly escorted YYY to brunch. That Sunday, XXX and YYY shared a blissful brunch together at XXX favorite local restaurant, unaware of the inevitable connection that was about to form.

Part-2

About an hour into the date, in true XXX fashion, she was scheduled to be somewhere else within minutes. Not to be rude and cut the date so abruptly, XXX extended an invitation for YYY to join her at her next appointment; a visit with a realtor to scope out a potential property. Upon arriving to the house (which was a total flop), the realtor greeted Xxx, then extended his hand and greeted Ilan, ‘nice to meet you Mr. Xxx.’ From that moment on, Xxx and Ilan (aka Mr. Xxx) began to forge a relationship that would be strongly rooted in loyalty, trust, and understanding.

Since that first date, there has been many special moments shared in that same restaurant, numerous visits with realtors, and many greetings extended to Ilan as Mr. Xxx. This October, Xxx and Ilan will officially become Mr. and Mrs.Xxx, Oops! that’s Mr.and Mrs. xxx!

Loreene has gone home to be with the Lord, but we dedicate this ceremony to her memory and her determination to connect two separate souls that will now lead life as one soul and one being.









The Wedding Ceremony

Officiant: Rev. Dr. David L. Kelley, II
Welcome
Prayer
Candlelight Memoriam
Processional
Bridal March
Wedding Message
Recitation of Vows
Exchange of rings
Recessional
Reception Immediately following
At West Side Loft
336 37th Street in Manhattan, 6thfloor
(Public Parking Available )

Our Parents

Parents of the Bride
Ms. XXXX
Mr. YYYY

Parents of the Groom
Mrs. XXX
The Late Mr. XXX

Part-3

****

Bridal Party


Maid of Honor
XXX

Best Man
XXX

Hostesses
XXXX
YYYY

Candlelight Memoriam:

In the spirit of remembrance, we light the candles to honor our friends and family who have passed over and dwell with our Creator. Their presence is invoked, as we ask that they be with us in our thoughts. Each person lighting a candle has a personal connection to those we are honoring.

Oris xxx
In remembrance of
Horace’sGrandparents

XXX
In remembrance of
Xxx’s Grandparents

XXX
In remembrance of XXX

Jourdan Archer-Sizemore

In remembrance of Ron Archer-Sizemore
Alexis Neal
In remembrance of Loreene Neal
Dominique Glover
In remember of Our Friends and Family

***
Horace Ilan xxx
In remembrance of Horace
xxx and
Dawn xxx

Our Heritage

In nearly all African cultures, the wedding contained much symbolism involving the bringing together of two families. African weddings are a family affair and involve combining of two lives, two families, and two communities. In true essence of our heritage, we will impart several rituals throughout the ceremony to acknowledge our true lineage.

Tasting of the Four Elements

The bride and groom taste four flavors that represent different elements within a relationship. By tasting each of the flavors, the couple symbolically demonstrated that they would be able to get through the hard times in life, and in the end, enjoy the sweetness of their marriage.







Part-4

Each spice represents an element of life:
(1) lemon juice for sorrow,
(2) vinegar for bitterness,
(3) cayenne pepper for passion,
(4) honey for sweetness.

Tying The Knot

The bride and groom is literally and symbolically bound together at the wrists during the ceremony. A sash of kente cloth will bind the couple together.

An Illustration of
How A Man and Woman

complement each other:


“He is thought - She is language.

He is Law - She is prudence.

He is reason - She is sense.

He is right - She is duty.

He is author - She is work.

He is patience - She is Peace.

He is will - She is action.

He is mercy - She is gift.

He melody - She is note.

He is fuel - She is fire.

He is sun - She is glory.

He is space - She is orbit.

He is wind - She is motion.

He is ocean - She is shore.

He is day - She is night.

He is lamp - She is light.

He is owner - She is wealth.

He is music - She is rhyme.

He is justice - She is truth.

He is channel - She is stream.

He is flagstaff - She is flag.

He is strength - She is beauty.

He is body - She is soul.

A Special Thank You

To our loving parents, we thank you for your unyielding love and support throughout our lives and this courtship. Your unconditional love for us has demonstrated how we should love each and our family. Your uncompromising faith in God has taught us that all things are possible if we believe. Your tenacity has taught us how to stay steadfast in prayer as we endure tough times. Your gentle smiles and hugs of reassurance have taught us the act of love. Your humor has taught us to enjoy life and its many pleasures and uncertainties. Your tears have taught us how to express our inner feelings, while leaning on God for healing.

Part-5

We honor you and admire you, for without you this day would not have been possible.
A special thank you to the staff of A Perfect Guest Event Planner Services for making our dream a reality.
To Our Guest
We thank you, each and every one, for joining us this evening. You have added to our happiness in a very special way. As the years shall come and go our dreams will give us pleasure and bring you back to us again in memories to treasure.

With love,
XXX and YYY
October 9, 2005














What Our Customers Say


Please Wait