David and Mireya Holguin
April 16, 2004
Rev. Dard & Penei Aller
David and Mireya chose to include the Family Medallion Ceremony:
Presenting the Family
Below is an outline of "Celebrating the New Family®." This ceremony, for presenting the Family Medallion® during the wedding service, is easily adapted to all wedding traditions.
Marriage is often viewed as the union of two people. In reality, however, it is much broader. As we give thanks to God for the love that brings David and Mireya together, so, too, we recognize the importance of families and the additional love and responsibility that family and friends bring to this relationship.
The Unity of God's Family
We are, in fact, all members of one family, of God's family. This relationship is emphasized in the Bible where it is written (Letter to James 1:16) "And it was a happy day for God when we received our new lives through the truth of God's word and we become, as it were, the first children in God's new family"
Recognition of Children
As part of the family nature of this marriage we recognize Joey and Julian and the significant role they play in this union celebrated today.
Presentation of Family Medallion®
David & Mireya present to Joey & Julian these medallions as a symbol of family commitment made visible through this marriage.
(The following my be repeated by person performing the ceremony or by one or both parents) In the giving of these Family Medallions we pledge to you, Joey & Julian, our continuing love as we surround you now with our arms of support and protection. (Children receive a hug from parents at this point.)
Marriage is often symbolized by two merged cirlces. The Family Medallion has three circles to acknowledge love as a relationship of more than two people. When two people love each other they reach out to include others.
Reading from THE PROPHET
Our children are gifts entrusted to us not as objects to be controlled but as human beings, each unique in their own personality, each separate in their own identity. Consider these words from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
"You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls. For they dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goest not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth."
Prayer for the Family
(Couple and children as well as congregation may be invited to join hands. The Lord's prayer may be used as an option.)
Creator God, you have made us in your own image, male and famale, that together we may live as members of your family. As you surround us with never-ending love, strengthen us that we, too, might reflect your love, becoming ever supportive of one another in times of sorrow, forgiving one another in times of anger, patient in those moments we seek to rebuild out of the pain of broken trusts and shattered dreams.
We give thanks, O Lord, for the relationship here celebrated. In your presence we are humbled by the recognition that today we face a new future, one which love has unfolded and is unfolding before our very eyes. May we ever respect the sanctity of this gift. As you have filled our cup with joy, may we share the strength our deepening love for one another, including, in ever widening circles, those who wait without hope and live without love's shelter. Amen.
Introduction of the Family
It is my pleasure to present to you David and Mireya in their new relationship as husband and wife and their children Joey and Julian.
We are finally back from our vacation in hawaii. We wanted to 'Thank You' for our beautiful ceremony. It was exactly what we had hoped for and more. Your beautiful words throughout the ceremony & Penei's beautiful voice as she chanted was just breath taking and just added such a feeling of unity to it all. We feel very blessed to have started our lives as a married couple & as a family in such a beautiful place. A-Bay is stunning!! The presentation of the family medallions to the boys was perfect - they love them. We couldn't have asked for anything more perfect on that day.
David & Mireya & Family
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