S: Patrick and Emily July 9, 2011
14: Friends, we have been invited here today to share with Emily and Patrick a very important moment in their lives. In the years they have been together, their love and understanding of each other has grown and matured, and now they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife. Happiness in a marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In 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 but should continue through the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.
15: 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 looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding, and a sense of humour. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful. It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
16: The wedding ring symbolizes unity, a circle unbroken, without beginning or end. Today Patrick and Emily exchange these rings as they join their lives and embark on a journey to love each other without end and create a life that is complete and unbroken. Patrick, will you have Emily to be your wedded wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honour her and keep her, in sickness and in health, and remain loyal to her as long as you both shall live? "I will." Emily, will you have Patrick to be your wedded husband? Will you love him, comfort him, honour him and keep him, in sickness and in health, and remain loyal to him as long as you both shall live? "I will." Emily and Patrick, you have given your promises to each other, and have declared your love by exchanging rings. This may have only taken a few moments, but your promises to each other will last forever. You are now as your hearts have always known you to be, Husband and Wife. You may kiss each other. I would like to announce Emily and Patrick Petrie!