A really big thank you to those of you who have responded so helpfully and resourcefully this afternoon. It is both needed and appreciated and in this period where I am the only chaplain in the hospital, good to have the community of chaplains on hand.

 

For those so inclined to pray, the service is at 2pm and this young woman having been with us on and off for 12 months, there is much pastoral need in many diverse quarters.


Regards,
William

 

 


From: A network for chaplains, educationalists and researchers [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of steve nolan
Sent: 18 August 2008 13:38
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Urgent: Marriage Blessing In Hospital

 

If these are relevant, you can make use of the following. As you can see, they are separate services.

 

 

A Service of Blessing on a marriage

 

Name and Name

Already,

       you have lived a lifetime together,

       you have given more to each other in a few     

            years than others will give in many,

       you have strengthened and upheld each other

            in hard times,

and you have come to have your relationship blessed.

We bless you,

and we ask God to bless you.

 

Today,

       surrounded by family and friends,

       you have declared your intention to be for

            each other,

       you have symbolised in the giving of rings

            the love you hold for each other,

and you have come to have your relationship blessed.

We bless you,

and we ask God to bless you.

 

Ahead,

       you who are two are now joined as one,

       you have bound yourselves together by

            the strong intentions of your promise,

       now you belong to each other and are the subject

            of each others’ hope.

You have come to have your relationship blessed.

We bless you,

and we ask God to bless you.

 

So we ask Almighty God,

the Origin and Source of all our loves,

       to hold you,

       to nurture you

       and to honour your intent. 

 

May the Spring of all desires

       fire your hearts with the heats of his eternal

            passion,

May the Fountain of all joys

       flood your souls with the bliss of his eternal

            peace,

May the Cause of all truths

       fill your minds with the knowledge that nothing

            ‘neither the present nor the future, nor any

            powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything

            else in all creation’

       will be able to separate you from your encounter

            with the love of God

            in and through your love for each other.

Amen

 

 

A Service of Rededication of marriage vows

 

 

 

Robert and Rhonda, we’re here because you want to recognise and affirm the gift of love shared between you.

 

This is a time of pain that has only come about because of the deep experience of love that you have shared together.

 

You have known each other for many years, and over many years your love has germinated and grown. From that first meeting when you pierced each others’ hearts with a simple, captivating smile, your love has flourished and blossomed into a thing of rare beauty; the beauty of your love is evident to those who have nurtured you, and even to those of us who have come to know you only briefly.

 

And through your many experiences, the roots of your love have deepened, nourished by the deep pools that spring from within both of your very tender souls.

 

You have given immeasurably to each other, and it is because of what you have shared together that this loss is made so painful.

 

But what you have shared together also makes this a profoundly loving moment.

 

Robert and Rhonda, as your family and friends, we recognise the gift of love you have given to each other. It is a love that has been meant to be, it is a love that has risen above the sufferings you have shared, and it is a love that will endure beyond this journey.

Robert and Rhonda, in giving this simple token of your love,

     do you honour the promise you made to each other

          to love and care for each other,

          in good times and in bad;

     do you honour the promise you made

          to seek the best for each other in every circumstance;

     and do you honour the promise you made

          to put each other above all others?

Robert and Rhonda: We do

 

Those of us who have known you, and seen your love together give you our blessing. You have touched us with what you have shared and given to each other, and we are blessed by you. And now we ask God, the source of all light and love and enduring presence to bless you:

 

May the Source of light,

     who shines in your lives,

     surround you in the light of life;

May the Source of love,

     who holds you, nurtures you and gives you hope,

     continue to keep you in the shelter of his enduring love;

And may the Source of enduring presence,

     who binds you to each other and to those who love and

          care for you,

     bless you with the knowledge that nothing

          ‘neither death nor life … neither the present nor the

          future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth,

          nor anything else in all creation’

     will be able to separate you from your encounter with

     the love of God in and through your love for each other

Amen

 

Good luck!

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

Revd Dr Steve Nolan

Chaplain

 

The Princess Alice Hospice

West End Lane

Esher Surrey KT10 8NA

www.pah.org.uk

 

Direct Line         01372 461806

Switchboard      01372 468811

Fax                   01372 469329

 


From: A network for chaplains, educationalists and researchers [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ruddle, William
Sent: 18 August 2008 13:18
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Urgent: Marriage Blessing In Hospital

 

Dear All,

We have a civil marriage occurring in the hospital tomorrow afternoon for a palliative patient who has a prognosis of days.

 

The couple are not religious at all, but have asked for a blessing and for me to somehow `conduct’ the event as the superintendent registrar attends to perform the legal marriage.


Does anyone have anything appropriate I could borrow/adapt? This is very last minute I know, but if I can avoid burning the literal, midnight oil on this I’d be appreciative.

 

Thanks

William

 


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