Carol & Peter

Peter & Carol, November 19, 2011

Welcome to the wedding of Peter and Carol.

Marriage is, perhaps, the oldest ceremony known to man. There were marriages before there were churches, before there were religions. It is said that in ancient times, the marriage ceremony was called “Handfasting” where a man and a woman would have their hands tied together with a ribbon or cord to symbolize their connection. It may be that this is where the term “tying the knot” came from.

And this is how Peter and Carol want to be married.


The Blessing:

Peter, your work in the world is around nourishing the soil. You design systems to feed the earth so she can, in turn feed you, and all of us. And what you build is a masterpiece because it is in complete harmony with the natural cycles of life.

But what does rich soil produce? Left to itself it produces weeds, brush, and little of value. To sustain us, it needs the brilliance of a farmer. Carol, you are an artist who crafts the field into a masterpiece of the most delicious and nourishing vegetables and grazing land.

Like a perfect chord made of three separate notes this marriage is a trinity – a union of the earth, the living and nourished soil, and the artist who shapes its growth. Here, today, this perfection is symbolized by the marriage of Carol and Peter.

Imagine a world where food is grown is complete harmony with the Earth; healthy, organic, and grown without damaging the land — a world where animals are loved and nurtured to create the sweetest milk and tender meats. We would all like to live in this world. Wouldn’t we?

Well, today, we are one step closer to this world. For that we owe a debt of gratitude to Peter and Carol, who are doing this work for all of us.

Thank you.

But a simple “thank you” isn’t enough. Peter and Carol have invited us here because each of are an important part of their lives.  They will need our support, our wisdom, our encouragement, and our love as they continue their journey. Will everyone here pledge that support?

The Rings:

Peter, will you use all of your skills to nourish this relationship. Make it a safe place. Make it work perfectly, brilliantly.

Carol, will you use all your creativity, your ability to create beauty and harmony to make this relationship a masterpiece.

Peter, as a symbol of your marriage to Carol, please place the ring on Carols finger while saying “Carol, with this ring I thee wed”

Carol, as a symbol of your marriage to Peter, please place this ring on his finger and say “Peter, with this ring I thee wed”

The Handfasting:

“As this knot is tied, so are your lives now bound.  Woven into this cord, into its very fibers, are your dreams and intentions for your life together, the support of your friends and family, and the power of your connection to the each other.

With the entwining of this knot I tie all the desires, dreams, love, and happiness wished here in this place to your lives now and forever.”

Peter, do you take Carol to be your wife, to love and cherish in sacred partnership forever.

Carol, do you take Peter to be your husband, to love and cherish in sacred partnership forever.

I now pronounce you husband and wife.