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  1. Pre-Req that you have openssl installed on your linux box. I utilize Centos 7 but you can use any Linux distribution you prefer. Let's first discuss the different formats PEM Format The PEM format is the most common format that Certificate Authorities issue certificates in. PEM certificates usually have extentions such as .pem, .crt, .cer, and .key. They are Base64 encoded ASCII files and contain "-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----" and "-----END CERTIFICATE-----" statements. Server certificates, intermediate certificates, and private keys can all be put into the PEM format. Apache and other similar servers use PEM format certificates. Several PEM certificates, and even the private key, can be included in one file, one below the other, but most platforms, such as Apache, expect the certificates and private key to be in separate files. DER Format The DER format is simply a binary form of a certificate instead of the ASCII PEM format. It sometimes has a file extension of .der but it often has a file extension of .cer so the only way to tell the difference between a DER .cer file and a PEM .cer file is to open it in a text editor and look for the BEGIN/END statements. All types of certificates and private keys can be encoded in DER format. DER is typically used with Java platforms. The SSL Converter can only convert certificates to DER format. If you need to convert a private key to DER, please use the OpenSSL commands on this page. PKCS#7/P7B Format The PKCS#7 or P7B format is usually stored in Base64 ASCII format and has a file extention of .p7b or .p7c. P7B certificates contain "-----BEGIN PKCS7-----" and "-----END PKCS7-----" statements. A P7B file only contains certificates and chain certificates, not the private key. Several platforms support P7B files including Microsoft Windows and Java Tomcat. PKCS#12/PFX Format The PKCS#12 or PFX format is a binary format for storing the server certificate, any intermediate certificates, and the private key in one encryptable file. PFX files usually have extensions such as .pfx and .p12. PFX files are typically used on Windows machines to import and export certificates and private keys. When converting a PFX file to PEM format, OpenSSL will put all the certificates and the private key into a single file. You will need to open the file in a text editor and copy each certificate and private key (including the BEGIN/END statments) to its own individual text file and save them as certificate.cer, CACert.cer, and privateKey.key respectively. Now for the commands.... Convert x509 to PEM openssl x509 -in certificatename.cer -outform PEM -out certificatename.pem Convert PEM to DER openssl x509 -outform der -in certificatename.pem -out certificatename.der Convert DER to PEM openssl x509 -inform der -in certificatename.der -out certificatename.pem Convert PEM to P7B Note: The PKCS#7 or P7B format is stored in Base64 ASCII format and has a file extension of .p7b or .p7c. A P7B file only contains certificates and chain certificates (Intermediate CAs), not the private key. The most common platforms that support P7B files are Microsoft Windows and Java Tomcat. openssl crl2pkcs7 -nocrl -certfile certificatename.pem -out certificatename.p7b -certfile CACert.cer Convert PKCS7 to PEM openssl pkcs7 -print_certs -in certificatename.p7b -out certificatename.pem Convert pfx to PEM Note: The PKCS#12 or PFX format is a binary format for storing the server certificate, intermediate certificates, and the private key in one encryptable file. PFX files usually have extensions such as .pfx and .p12. PFX files are typically used on Windows machines to import and export certificates and private keys. openssl pkcs12 -in certificatename.pfx -out certificatename.pem Convert PFX to PKCS#8 Note: This requires 2 commands STEP 1: Convert PFX to PEM openssl pkcs12 -in certificatename.pfx -nocerts -nodes -out certificatename.pem STEP 2: Convert PEM to PKCS8 openSSL pkcs8 -in certificatename.pem -topk8 -nocrypt -out certificatename.pk8 Convert P7B to PFX Note: This requires 2 commands STEP 1: Convert P7B to CER openssl pkcs7 -print_certs -in certificatename.p7b -out certificatename.cer STEP 2: Convert CER and Private Key to PFX openssl pkcs12 -export -in certificatename.cer -inkey privateKey.key -out certificatename.pfx -certfile cacert.cer another example openssl pkcs12 -export -inkey zahsystems.com.key -in zahsystems.crt -certfile L1k.Chain.Bundle.2018.crt -out zahsystems.pfx
  2. My name is Rev.Dennis and I was born and raised Christian Catholic by my parents. Every Sunday we went to church and sat, kneeled and stood as the Priest tried to communicate with us what he believed we needed to know. For a few years I was an alter boy at St.Daniels Catholic church in Clarkston, Michigan which was better than sitting, kneeling and standing in a pew. Still at a young age I didn’t understand why we were forced to go to church every Sunday when obviously there was more fun things to do. I joined the Air Force while I was still in Brandon High School and was on the Delayed Enlistment Program so when I graduated I could go to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base. During the service I became closer to God and religion after I have had several close calls. I am now a non-denominational minister. I originally became an ordained minister to marry friends and family. As soon as I was ordained I felt this was a very big responsibility and started doing research. Read a bunch of books and I’m still the same person as I was just more aware of the significance of being labeled as a minister. I’m not just someone who can marry you but I can also be a friend, someone you can talk to or ask advice. When you need someone to lean or when you feel your faith is failing you, I can be there.
  3. This is our website to share and collaborate on whats important, believing, being good to each other. Why Believe? Why not Believe? Many times I get asked, "Why is it so important to believe?" I wonder how you can not believe. Everyone has been in a time in there life they weren't sure how they got through it. Maybe you feel unlucky because you don't win the lottery or get the person you want but God above has a plan for you. Just open your eyes, your heart and your soul and you'll see it. Just believe and it comes easy. You are never alone It is very easy to feel alone especially when times are rough and it feels the weight of the world is pushing you down. You have us, you have God and you have your faith which will keep you strong. Being open to receive his gift So many have a difficult time opening there heart and mind to the gift God wants to share with you. Everyone believes differently and none of them are wrong. What’s important is believing.
  4. (Groom)___________ and (Bride)_______________, we have witnessed today the joining of your two lives in holy wedlock. You have exchanged your vows, and given and received these rings in token of your love and commitment to each other. In so, I now bestow upon you the most honorable titles that may exist between a man and a woman; I pronounce you husband and wife.
  5. You are about to give each other a ring. The wedding ring is a symbol of many things. It is made of precious metals that symbolize a love that is pure and enduring. It is made of rare gems that symbolize a love that is process and irreplaceable. It is made in a perfect circle that symbolizes a love that is permanent and ever lasting. Whenever you look at this ring, may it forever remind you of the promises you have made this day to keep your love pure, priceless, and permanent.
  6. Today you are taking into your care and trust the happiness of the one person in this world whom you love with all your heart. And you are giving yourself, your life, and your love, into the hands o the one who loves you with all their heart. Remember that, to the whole world, you are but one person, but to one person, you are the whole world. However, true love goes far beyond the feelings of excitement and romance. It is caring more about the well-being and happiness of your marriage partner than your own needs and your own desires. True love is not total absorption in each other, but rather, it is looking outward in the same direction together. Love makes burdens lighter because you divide them. It makes joys more intense because you share them. Love makes you stronger so you can become involved with life in ways you dare not risk alone. True love says the two of you are just better together than when you are apart. When you enter into marriage, you enter into life's most important relationship. It is a fight given to bring comfort when there is sorrow, peace when there is unrest, laughter when there is happiness, and love when it is shared. A successful marriage is not something that just happens. It takes work, it takes understanding, and it takes time. Most importantly, it takes a commitment from both of you--a commitment to do whatever it takes to make your relationship thrive and not just simply survive. A good marriage must be nurtured.
  7. Assembly The most important thing in life is to love someone. The second most important thing in life is to have someone love you. The third most important thing in life is to have the first and second one happen at the same time. That is what has happened to groom: ________________ and bride: ____________________. They have fallen in love and have come to make a public commitment of their love for and loyalty to one another. Who gives this woman to be married? To bride and groom In as much as you have expressed a desire to be united in marriage, I am going to ask you to take a vow. A vow that is made not only in the presence of your family and friends but also in the presence of God, the bible makes it clear that God is a witness to the wedding vows. He hears the vows you make and he intends that they be kept so long as you both shall live. To groom-Declaration of consent Groom: _________________, will you have bride: __________________, to be your wife; To live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her In sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others Be faithful unto her as long as you both shall live? To bride Bride: __________________, will you have groom: _________________, to be your husband; To live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him In sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others Be faithful as long as you both shall live? Vows-to groom - turn and face each other I Groom: ________________, take you bride: ___________________ to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. Vows-to bride I Bride: _________________, take you groom: ___________________ to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. Exchanging of rings Groom: ___________________, what do you give bride: ________________ as a token of your love? Groom: ___________________, you will notice that this ring is a complete circle, without beginning or end. It is symbolic, I trust, of the endlessness of your love for bride: __________________. Bride: ____________________, what do you give groom: _______________ as a token of your love? Bride: ____________________, you will notice that this ring is a complete circle, without beginning or end. It is symbolic, I trust, of the endlessness of your love for groom: ___________________. To both Groom: ________________ and bride: _____________________ will exchange rings as a symbol of their vows. The ring is an ancient symbol of such vows, as the circle is considered to be the most perfect form of all forms of nature. As the years pass your rings will gain in value for they are the constant symbol of your lifetime together. Groom Groom: ________________, take this ring and as you place it on bride's: ________________ finger repeat after me: With this ring, I give to you my promise That from this day forward you shall not walk alone. May we walk together through all things. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are. With this ring I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give. With this ring I thee wed. Bride: __________________, take this ring and as you place it on groom's: ______________ finger repeat after me: With this ring, I give to you my promise That from this day forward you shall not walk alone. May we walk together through all things. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are. With this ring I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give. With this ring I thee wed. Prayer Let us pray Eternal God: we ask for your blessing on groom and bride. Strengthen them with the experience of your love and guidance. Help them to fulfill the vows they have now taken. Guide them in the manner and way you choose so they may love you and one another all the days of their lives. Enable them to help, encourage, comfort and support one another from now on. In the name of our Lord we pray for them. Amen. Groom: _______________ and Bride: ___________________, for in as much as you have pledged yourself to one another in this affirmation of love and commitment, by the powers vested in me I now pronounce you husband and wife. Groom: ____________________, you may kiss your wife. Assembly Ladies and Gentlemen: it is my privilege to introduce to you, Mr. and Mrs. ________.
  8. Assembly Welcome to the ceremony through which bride and groom will be joined in holy matrimony. We gather here today to honor their commitment and to witness and celebrate their union. Today bride and groom will proclaim their love to the world. We should rejoice to be in the presence of true love, such as theirs. In marriage two become one by giving themselves up to each other-and, by so doing, receive in turn the gift of love and trust. But that gift is shared, not just by the two being joined today, but by all they touch-their friends and family, all that are present here today. Who gives this woman to be married? To Bride and Groom Some say that marriage is the oldest rite in the world. It is certainly the most momentous moment in a couple's life, the most significant celebration of a community. As such, it should not be entered into thoughtlessly or lightly, for your future happiness and prosperity depends much on what you put into this relationship. Marriage is a promise to your best friend, to your love, that you will honor and cherish each other, not for a fleeting period, but for the rest of your lives. To Groom-Declaration of intent Groom: _____________________, will you have this woman to be your wife, in all love and honor, in all faith and tenderness, to live with her and cherish her in this bond of marriage? If so please answer "I will". To Bride Bride: ______________________, will you have this man to be your husband, in all love and honor, in all faith and tenderness, to live with him and cherish him in this bond of marriage? If so please answer "I will". Vows-to groom Groom: ______________, repeat after me: I groom, take you bride, to be my wedded wife, And I do promise before these witnesses, To be your loving and faithful husband, In plenty and want, In joy and sorrow, In sickness and health As long as we both shall live. Vows-to bride Bride: _______________, repeat after me: I bride, take you groom, to be my wedded husband, And I do promise before these witnesses, To be your loving and faithful wife, In plenty and want, In joy and sorrow, In sickness and health As long as we both shall live. Groom:_________________, what token do you give bride as a pledge of your love and fidelity? Bride: __________________, what token do you give groom as a pledge of your love and fidelity? Ring ceremony These wedding rings are continuous; they have no beginning and no end. The ring is a symbol of everlasting faith and love. May your ring remind you of the covenant you are entering into today and of its everlasting nature. To Groom-give ring Repeat after me: In token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed. To Bride-give ring Repeat after me: In token and pledge, of our constant faith and abiding love, with this ring I thee wed. To bride and groom Today you have formed a partnership, we hope that and your relationship will continue to grow and deepen; we hope that you will always be honest and true to and with each other; we hope that you will be flexible and accepting of the changes that life presents. But most of all, we wish you happiness and prosperity. By the powers vested in me by the state of MI, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Groom: ______________, you may kiss your wife. Assembly Ladies and Gentlemen: Mr. and Mrs. ___________.
  9. Welcome to the ceremony through which Bride:____________ and Groom: ______________ will be joined in matrimony. We gather here today to honor their commitment and to witness and celebrate their union. Today Bride: ________________ and Groom: ________________ will proclaim their love to the world. We should rejoice to be in the presence of true love, such as theirs. In marriage two become one by giving themselves up to each other, and by doing so receive in turn the gift of love and trust. Marriage is a promise to your best friend, to your love, that you will honor and cherish each other, not for a fleeting period, but for the rest of your lives. Groom: __________________, will you have Bride: _______________, to be your wife; To live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love her, comfort her, honor, and keep her In sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others Be faithful unto her as long as you both shall live? If so please answer "I will". Bride: ________________, will you have Groom: ________________, to be your husband; To live together in the covenant of marriage? Will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him In sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others Be faithful unto him as long as you both shall live? If so please answer "I will". Groom, repeat after me: I Groom: ________________, take you Bride: _________________, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. Bride, repeat after me: I Bride: _________________, take you Groom: _________________ to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death. Groom: __________________, what token do you give Bride: ____________________ as a pledge of your love and fidelity? Bride: _________________, what token do you give Groom: ___________________ as a pledge of your love and fidelity? These wedding rings are continuous; they have no beginning and no end. The ring is a symbol of everlasting love and faith. May your rings remind you of the covenant you are entering into today and of its everlasting nature. Groom: __________________, take this ring and as you place it on Bride's: _______________ finger repeat after me: With this ring, I give to you my promise That from this day forward you shall not walk alone. May we walk together through all things. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are. With this ring I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give. With this ring I thee wed. Bride: ____________________, take this ring and as you place it on Groom's: ______________ finger repeat after me: With this ring, I give to you my promise That from this day forward you shall not walk alone. May we walk together through all things. May you feel deeply loved, for indeed you are. With this ring I give you my heart for I have no greater gift to give. With this ring I thee wed. Groom: __________________ and Bride: _________________, for in as much as you have pledged yourself to one another in this affirmation of love and commitment, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Groom: __________________, you may kiss your wife. Ladies and Gentlemen: Mr. and Mrs. _______________.
  10. WELCOME Friends and family of the Bride and Groom, we are here today because love has gathered us together. On this day, (Groom’s full name) ____________________________ and (Bride’s full name) ____________________________ will pledge their lives as one, and commit themselves to each other forever in marriage. (Groom)____________________________ and (Bride)____________________________ , there are no obligations on earth more sweet or tender than those you are about to assume. There are no vows more solemn than those you are about to make. There is no human institution more sacred than that of the home you are about to establish. Marriage is the holiest of all earthly relationships. Yes, marriages are made in heaven, but they have to be maintained her on earth. May you see that your love is truly a gift from God. Any may your marriage be such that all will know of your deep love for one another, as well as for God, the One who brought you together. CONSENT (Groom)____________________________ , will you have (Bride)____________________________ to be your wife, to live together in the bonds of marriage? Will you commit yourself completely to her and her alone? And will you promise to love her, care for her, and stand by her through all that life may bring, as long as you both shall live? (The Groom shall say): I will. And (Bride)____________________________ , will you have (Groom)____________________________ to be your husband, to live together in the bonds of marriage? Will you commit yourself completely to him and him alone? And will you promise to love him, care for him, and stand by him through all that life may bring, as long as you both shall live? (The Bride shall say): I will Who presents (Bride)____________________________ to be married to (Groom)____________________________ ? (The Escort shall say): Her Mother and I or I do or We do or Her family or other. (Bride gives bouquet to Maid of Honor.) ADDRESS Today is the beginning of an exciting new life together for the two of you, (Groom) ____________________ and (Bride) ______________________. It marks the commencement of new relationships to your families, your friends, and certainly to each other. God knew you needs when He brought you together. He knew exactly what you needed to make you complete. Now He wants you to commit yourselves to each other as the one He has chosen to complete you. Total completeness, however, is a process that takes patience, perseverance, and particular principles that must be practiced so you can achieve the oneness God intended for your marriage. Here are five little “pearls of wisdom” I want to share with you as you begin this new partnership on your journey to total completeness. First, LISTEN. Listen to each other. Try to hear what your mate is really saying. The Scripture says, “Be quick to hear and slow to speak.” That’s why God gave us two ears and only one mouth, so we would talk less and listen more. Take the words you hear from each other into you heart and let them become building blocks for a happy marriage. Communication is vitally important in marriage, so yes, take the time to talk with each other. But more importantly, take the time to listen to each other, for in listening, you communicate that you value your partner’s thoughts and feelings. Second, LEARN. Learn from each other. Both of you are different in many ways. You each bring certain abilities and specific gifts into this relationship. Learn what those talents are. Don’t see them as competition; rather, accept each other’s strengths and combine them with yours to become a better team. Every day will be an adventure as you learn and understand something new about your mate. In fact, the Bible says, “Husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way.” So, (Groom) ______________________, your lifelong assignment is to try to understand this woman, and (Bride) _________________________, your lifelong assignment is to make sure he understands you. What an assignment! If you learn from each other, not only will you be better individuals, but also a better couple. So take time to learn all you can about each other. Listen, Learn, and third, LABOR—or work. Be willing to work on your relationship. Make every effort to make this the very best marriage on God’s earth. You don’t find precious gems just lying around on top of the ground. You have to work hard to get to them. But once you find them, they are worth every bit of effort you made. So too, if you work on your marriage relationship, it will be like finding those precious gems, and because of all your labor, you will “Strike it rich.” Listen, Learn, Labor, and fourth, LAUGH. Learn to Laugh. Laugh at yourself and laugh at each other. Getting married is a serious step, and it should be taken seriously. But I am also serious when I say that having fun and being able to laugh at our mistakes and shortcomings goes a long way in solidifying the mortar of this instituion we call marriage. The Bible says that “laughter is good medicine.” Studies show that laughter has a profound and positive effect on the body. Laughter is the best medicine for a long and happy life. I guess it can be said that he who laughs… is the one who lasts. Listen, Learn, Labor, Laugh, and finally, LOVE. What is love? Countless songs have been sung about it. Poems too many to number have been penned describing it. Books as numerous as the stars in the sky have been authored by both men and women trying to help us understand this little four letter word. But the one Book that rises above them all, the Bible, simiply defines love this way: “Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand its own way nor is it irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges and will hardly ever notice when others do it wrong. It is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. This kind of love knows no boundries to its tolerance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope, no limit to its endurance. It can outlast anything. Love is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has failed.” So you can see, love is not just something you feel, it is something you do. (Groom) _________________, it has been said, “If you treat your wife like a queen, she will treat you like a king.” Or to put it another way, “If you treat her like a thoroughbred, she’ll never turn into an old nag.” J And so… LISTEN, LEARN, LABOR, LAUGH, and LOVE. Practive these five principles and, with God’s guidance, your marriage will blossom and grow into a life-long partnership that will endure the challenges of life and withstand the tests of time. WEDDING VOWS (Groom) _______________, please repeat after me. (Bride)______________________, / I thank God He has given us to each other / to share one life, one love, one heart. / With God's help, / I will try to be everything / that He wants me to be for you, / so I may meet your needs / and fulfill your dreams. / I will love you with an unconditional love / just as Christ loves us. / In love I will lead you, / protect and provide for you, / nurture and care for you, / and honor and respect you. / I promise to stay by your side / no matter what circumstances life may bring, / and I vow to be faithful and true to you alone. / May my love give you strength all the days of our lives. (Bride) _______________, please repeat after me. (Groom)____________________, / as we become husband and wife today, / I promise to love you with an unending love. / I give myself in all things to your care, / as unto the Lord. / As God has prepared me / to be your helpmate and companion in this life, / I commit myself to stand by you / whatever comes our way. / I will be with you in sickness and in health, / whether we are rich or poor, / and during times of happiness, / as well as times of sorrow. / I will honor and respect you, / encourage and support you, / and devote myself to you. / I promise to be faithful and true to you alone. / May my love bring you joy all the days of our lives. (Wedding Vow 1a and 1b) EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS You are about to give to each other a ring. The wedding ring is a symbol of many things. It is made of precious metals that symbolize a love that is pure and enduring. It is made of rare gems that symbolize a love that is priceless and irreplaceable. It is made in a perfect circle that symbolizes a love that is permanent and everlasting. Whenever you look at this ring, may it forever remind you of the promises you have made this day to keep your love pure, priceless, and permanent. RING EXCHANGE VOWS May I have the token of (Groom’s) ____________ love for (Bride) ____________? (Officiant receives ring from Best Man. Groom places ring on Bride’s finger.) (Groom) ___________, please repeat after me. (Bride) ________________, I give you this ring / as a symbol of my love and faithfulness, / and as I place it on your finger, / I commit my very heart and soul to you. / I ask you to wear this ring / as a reminder of the vows we have spoken / on this, our wedding day. (Ring Vow #2) May I have the token of (Bride’s) ____________ love for (Groom) ____________? (Officiant receives ring from Maid of Honor. Bride places ring on Groom’s finger.) (Bride) ___________, please repeat after me. (Groom) ________________, I give you this ring / as a sign of my commitment and the desire of my heart. / May it always be a reminder / that I have chosen you above all others, / and from this day forward, / we shall be united as husband and wife. (Ring Vow #3) WEDDING TRADITION (UNITY CANDLE) ***Choose Wedding Tradition*** if any WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING Dear Lord, we pray that You will bless this man and this woman as they begin their new journey together. In all the experiences of life, may they always stay close to You and to each other as they share the joys and blessings, as well as the trials and heartaches. Help them to honor and keep the promises made here today. Remind them daily of Your great love for them so they, in turn, may reach out in love to others. Give them such love and devotion that each may be to the other a strength in need, a comfort in sorrow, a counselor in difficulty, and a companion in joy. Amen. (Prayer #9) PRONOUNCEMENT (Groom) _____________________ and (Bride) ________________________, today, before your family and friends, you have openly declared your love for each other. You have joined you hands, spoken your promises, and given these rings, a symbol of your lifelong commitment to each other. And so, I now bestow upon you the most honorable titles that may exist between a man and a woman; I pronounce you husband and wife. KISS (Groom) ____________________________, you may kiss your Bride. (Bride and Groom kiss). (Bride receives bouquet from Maid of Honor.) PRESENTATION Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time, (Mr. and Mrs.) _________________________________________________.
  11. WELCOME Love is a miraculous gift, and a wedding is a celebration of that gift. We have come here today to celebrate this gift of love, and to add our best wishes and blessings to the words that shall unite (Groom’s full name) ______________________________________ and (Bride’s full name) ______________________________________ in the bonds of marriage. What you promise to each other today must be renewed again tomorrow and every day that follows. At the end of this ceremony, legally you will be husband and wife. Still, you must decide each and every day to commit yourselves to one another. Make such decision, and keep on making it, for the most important thing in life is to love and to be loved. CONSENT (Groom) ____________________ and (Bride) _____________________, do you come here of your own free will, accompanied by your family’s blessings, to be united as husband and wife forevermore? (Both Answer): I do Who presents (Bride) ______________________ to be married to (Groom) _________________? (The Escort shall say): Her Mother and I or I do or We do or Her family or other. (Bride gives bouquet to Maid of Honor.) ADDRESS Today you are taking into your care and trust the happiness of the one person in this world whom you love with all your heart. And you are giving yourself, your life, and your love, into the hands of the one who loves you with all their heart. Always remember this, to the whole world, you are but one person, but to one person you are the whole world. However, true love goes far beyond the feelings of excitement and romance. It is caring more about the well-being and happiness of your marriage partner than your own needs and your own desires. And true love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. You see, love makes burdens lighter because you divide them. Love makes joys more intense because you share them. Love makes you stronger so you can become involved with life in ways you dare not risk alone. True love says the two of you are just better together than when you are apart. When you enter into marriage, you enter into life’s most important relationship. It is a gift given to bring comfort when there is sorrow, peace when there is unrest, laughter when there is happiness, and love when it is shared. But a successful marriage is not something that just happens. It takes work, it takes understanding, and it takes time. Most importantly, it takes a commitment from both of you—a commitment to do whatever it takes to make your relationship thrive and not just simply survive. A good marriage must be nurtured. READING Listen these “words of wisdom” on how to create a successful marriage from a little book entitled The Art of Marriage. The Art of Marriage The little things are the big things. It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives; it is facing the world together It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have the wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience in each other. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is the common search for the good and the beautiful. It is the establishing of a relationship in which the independence is equal, the dependence is mutual, and the obligation is reciprocal. And finally, it is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner. WEDDING VOWS (Groom)_________, please repeat after me. I, (Groom) _____________________, take you, (Bride) _______________________, / to be my partner in life. / I promise to walk by your side forever, / and to love, help, and encourage you / in all that you do. / I will take time to talk with you, / to listen to you, / and to care for you. / I will share your laughter and your tears / as your partner, lover, and best friend. / Everything I am and everything I have is yours / now and forevermore. (Bride)_________, please repeat after me. I, (Bride) ______________________, give myself to you, (Groom) __________________, / on this our wedding day. / I will cherish our friendship, / and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. / I will trust you and honor you. / I will love you faithfully / through the best and the worst, / through the difficult and the easy. / Whatever comes our way, I will be there always. / As I have given you my hand to hold, / so I give you my life to keep. EXPLANATION OF THE RINGS The wedding ring is a circle that has no end, and symbolizes the never-ending love that exists between you. The ring is made from precious metals purified by the heat of testing, and is a symbol of the purity of your love for one another. The ring is also made of rare gems that radiate a brilliance and a quality unlike other ordinary stones, and represents the riches that reside in each of you. May these rings always reflect the light of your love throughout your life together. RING EXCHANGE VOWS May I have the token of (Groom) ___________ love for (Bride) _____________? (Officiant receives ring from Best Man. Groom places ring on Bride’s finger.) (Groom)_________, please repeat after me. I give you this ring. / Wear it with love and joy. / As this ring has no end, / neither shall my love for you. / I choose you to be my (wife/husband) / this day and forevermore. May I have the token of (Bride) ___________ love for (Groom) _____________? (Officiant receives ring from Best Man. Groom places ring on Bride’s finger.) (Bride)_________, please repeat after me. This ring I give you / in token of my love and devotion, / and with my heart, / I pledge to you all that I am. / With this ring, I marry you / and join my life to yours. WEDDING TRADITION (UNITY CANDLE) ***Choose Wedding Tradition*** if any WEDDING PRAYER/BLESSING Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be a shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place to enter the days of your togetherness. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion, and may your days together be good and long upon the earth. PRONOUCEMENT (Groom) ______________________ and (Bride) _______________, because you have committed yourselves to each other in marriage, and demonstrated this by the exchanging of vows and the giving of rings, I pronounce you husband and wife. KISS (Groom) ________________________, you may kiss your Bride. (Bride and Groom kiss.) (Bride receives bouquet from Maid of Honor.) PRESENTATION Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my privilege to introduce to you for the very first time, (Mr. and Mrs.) ____________________________________________.
  12. Here is a worksheet that helps you keep order. You can print the attachment and then go through each item and make your choices. Each of the titles you can click on which will bring you back here to help you decide which choice is the best one for you. NOTE: Once the attached form is completed please save and Email to rev.dennis@ourholychurch.com Wedding_Ceremony_Personalize_Worksheet(pdf2).pdf
  13. In Michigan the answer is no as of a statement as of 5/2005.
  14. Before you can marry someone in Michigan the couple being married must have there marriage license on the date of the wedding. Note, in Michigan it takes 3-7 days to get your marriage license and its only valid for 30 days. Check out more information about the Michigan Marriage License here.
  15. (Groom) _____________________ and (Bride) _______________________, since you have consented together in holy matrimony, and have pledged yourselves to each other by your solemn vows and by the giving of rings, and have declared your commitment of love before God and these witnesses, I now pronounce you husband and wife in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Those whom God hath joined together, let no man separate.
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