Sue Hardy: Celebrant since 1994

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Celtic Marriage Blessing

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May the God of peace guard The door of your house, The door of your Heart. May the road rise up to meet you, And the sun stand at your shoulder. May the wind always at your back, And the rains fall softly upon your fields. May life itself befriend you Each day, each night, Each step of your journey. May the peace of the spirit be with you And with your children, From this day here Until the day of the end of your...

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Australian Marriage Blessing

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Sue Hardy (2005) Hand in hand – you have become one under the Southern Cross: Let the red desert & sweeping plains remind you of life’s delicate beauty. Let the ocean’s tide remind you of life’s ebbs & flows. Let the rainforests & waterfalls remind you of life’s need to restore passions. Hand in hand – you are one under the Southern Cross: May you continue to find sanctuary in the arms of your companion. May you continue to achieve all your dreams and more. May you continue to be inspired by each other and the world around you. May you be guided by the Southern Cross as you walk though the mists of...

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Ceremony Four

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Welcome, my name is Sue Hardy and as an authorised celebrant I have the honour of leading you in this marriage ceremony. We are gathered here today, among friends and family, to witness the exchange of sacred vows to unite _________ and _______ as one. This unity is not entered into lightly, but is a simple reflection of their sincerity and commitment to each other as witnessed by those they care most about. It is a sacred commitment between these two people responsible only unto each other, held true by their values and beliefs. This is not the first cycle of their lives together. Rather than start new, this ceremony represents to _______ and _______ a new season. Just as spring is a time of planting, and summer is a time of growth, this cycle represents the harvest of growth, maturity and abiding respect. Past success, failures, disappointments and joy simply nourish this harvest, providing a rich and stable place from which to grow together as the cycle of life continues. GIVING AWAY When thinking people conclude what are the real values in life, and come to decide what really matters – it is human relationships. One of the most understated but deepest relationships in human life is that between a caring father and a loving daughter.  One of the rare occasions this relationship is acknowledged is at a wedding ceremony.  _________ represents all of us, he particularly represents his family, but today in a special gesture he symbolises his own personal love for ______.  So mindful of these values I now ask him – who brings this woman to be married to this man?  (Dad: I do) ASKING ________, is it your wish to take _______ to be your wife and soul mate, to join together your heart unto hers, uniting your spirit and hers into a common being. Will you give her your trust, respect and love for so long as you both shall walk upon this earth? I will ________, is it your wish to take ______ to be your husband and soul mate, to join together your heart unto his, uniting your spirit and his into a common being. Will you give him your trust, respect and love for so long as you both shall walk upon this earth? I will. Chief Luther Standing Bear said: “For after all the great religions have been preached and expounded, or have been revealed by brilliant scholars, or have been written in fine books and embellished with finer covers, man – all man – is still confronted with the Great Mystery.” That Great Mystery is love. And it is very true that no amount of learning nor fancy books can begin to explain the emotion of love. A few simple words from an ESKIMO LOVE SONG are appropriate. You are to be my lover. My feet shall run because of you. My feet, dance because of you. My heart shall beat because of you. My eyes, see because...

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Ceremony Three

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Good morning and welcome to today’s very special ceremony. My name is Sue Hardy and I am a registered marriage celebrant with the honour of being able to officiate at this marriage beween _____ ______ and ______ _______. It is an honour for __________ and __________, to have so many people come and personally show their support to this union.  Knowing that their family and friends are willing to travel from interstate and overseas for today is something that will help build and even stronger foundation to their marriage. When talking to __________ and __________, I became increasingly aware of how important family and their family heritage is. I was reminded of Bryce Courtney’s words in a Recipe for Dreaming.  I have taken the liberty of adapting it for today. __________ and __________, nature formed you with perfect feet and hands and a heart that beats non-stop, maybe for a hundred years. You were made complete. You inherited a thousand generations of wisdom, skill, poetry, song, all the sunrises and sunsets of knowledge past. __________ and __________,, you are the sum of all the people who went before you. You are a refinery of inherited intellectual wealth, the full flood of antecedent wisdom is piped and stored within you – how to climb the highest mountain, how to survive fear and how to summon your courage and take pride in your wonderful intelligence. Inside you are more possibilities than you could possibly use up in one lifetime. If you can dream it, you can do it, because the instinctive knowledge of how to succeed is already programmed within you waiting to be turned on, waiting to flow like a river. United in marriage, living and working in harmony, you can achieve all your dreams. Together, with your ancestral wisdom, you can make all things possible. The Asking _________, as you stand here before all the known Gods & goddesses of the universe, look deep into your soul as I now ask you: – _____________, do you come here today content within yourself that _________ is the woman you can spend the rest of your life with? __________, as you stand here before all the known Gods & goddesses of the universe, look deep into your soul as I now ask you: – __________, do you come here today content within yourself that _________ is the man you can spend the rest of your life with? Today Today then you shall marry your friend, the one you have laughed with and cried with, the one you have learned from and shared with, the one you have chosen to support, encourage and give yourself to, through all the days given you to share. Today when you exchange vows you will marry the one you love. The vows __________ and __________, have chosen to say are simple but behind them is a far greater understanding of the worth of this marriage. This is a promise to stay by each other’s side through...

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Ceremony Two

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Every wedding ceremony at which a clergyman, a rabbi or a celebrant like myself officiates, is of course, of a marriage, which already exists. This ceremony gives social recognition to a union, which has already taken place in the hearts of the couple present. It is __________ and __________’s, wish at this time to declare their marriage partnership to the world. It is a statement of commitment to each other and to the ideals they already have. In their belief, their union is based not only on mutual love but on the desire to work together for the development of a union of spirit, for their own personal fulfilment and for the attainment of mutual goals and ambitions. Together they hope to discover the truth in life. They intend to encourage each other to act according to what is best for their world, their children and themselves. __________ and __________, recognise not only the need for loving commitment to each other but also to humane principles of living and to the best of human values. __________ and __________, the passage you have asked me to read is very old and still today is very meaningful.  The passage is from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13. __________ and __________, 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 it is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure In other people’s faults But delights in the truth; It is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope. It is always ready to endure whatever comes, and finally, True love does not come to an end. Marriage Declaration As a civil celebrant I am duly authorised by law to solemnise this, your marriage according to the laws of this country.  Before you, _________ and you, ________ are joined together in marriage in our presence, I am bound to remind you publicly of the solemn, serious and binding nature of the relationship into which you are about to enter.  Marriage is the voluntary and full commitment of a man to a woman and a woman to a man; it is made in the deepest sense, to the exclusion of all others, and is entered into with the desire, the hope and the intention that it will last for life. Asking _________, will you take ________ to be your lawful wedded wife, will you love and respect her, be honest with her, and stand by her through whatever may come, so that you can genuinely share your life together? _________, will you take ________ to be your lawful wedded husband, will you love and respect him, be honest with him, and stand by him through whatever may come, so that you can genuinely share your life together? Vows _________/__________, having found you, I have decided that there is no moment in my life more significant than this one. You have captured my mind and soul, and I...

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Ceremony One

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__________ and __________, I would like to welcome you both here today to seal your marriage. As you both know, marriage is founded on that sort of sincerity and understanding that leads to tolerance, confidence and trust.  It involves respect for each other’s weaknesses, prejudices and faults. A happy marriage will enable you to establish a home where family and friends will find welcome, peace and support, and which will be the base from which your shared life can extend. __________ and __________, in the joining of your lives together in marriage you will be walking the same road together.  You met as individuals and as you share your lives allow each other room to grow and so become greater individuals. Offer strength and encouragement when it is needed. Praise each other’s efforts and realise their failures. Acknowledge all achievements, however small. Convey any thoughts, confident, that they will go no further. Express your fears and doubts without reservation. For it is trust and communication that will support and strengthen your bond of love and friendship and pave the road you will travel. From The Prophet – Kahlil Gibran Love one another, But make not a bond of love. Let it rather be a moving sea Between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup But drink not from the same cup Sing and dance together and be joyous, But let each one of you be alone Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each others keeping For only the hand of life Can contain your hearts And stand together Yet not too near together For the pillars of the temple stand apart And the oak tree and the cypress Grow not in each others shadow. Marriage Statement required by the Mariage Act 1961 As a civil celebrant, I am duly authorised by law to solemnise this, your marriage according to the laws of this country.  Before you, ________ and you, ________ are joined together in marriage in our presence, I am bound to remind you publicly of the solemn, serious and binding nature of the relationship into which you are about to enter. Marriage is the voluntary and full commitment of a man to a woman and a woman to a man; it is made in the deepest sense, to the exclusion of all others, and is entered into with the desire, the hope and the intention that it will last for life. Asking __________, will you take ________ to be your lawful wife, will you love her, honour and keep her, in sickness andhealth, for richer for poorer, and forsaking all others keep only unto her, so long as you both shall live? __________, will you take ________, to be your lawful husband, will you love him, honour and keep him, in sickness and health, for richer for poorer, and forsaking all others keep only unto him, so long as you...

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