"Celtic Vows" Scotland Local Custom Tip by GillianMcLaughlin

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  Handfasting leaders in ancient highland dress
by GillianMcLaughlin
 
 

Do you still seek to enter this ceremony?
Yes, We Seek to Enter.
[?]

Will you cause her pain?
I May
Is that you intent?
No

Will you cause him pain?
I may
Is that you intent?
No

*To Both*
Will you share each other's pain and seek to ease it?
Yes
And so the binding is made. Join your hands
*First cord is draped across the bride's and groom's hands*

Will you share his laughter?
Yes
Will you share her laughter?
Yes
*To Both*
Will both of you look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?
Yes
And so the binding is made.
*Second chord is draped across the couple's hands*

Will you burden him?
I may
Is that you intent?
No
Will you burden her?
I may
Is that your intent?
No
*To Both*
Will you share the burdens of each so that your spirits may grow in this union?
Yes
And so the binding is made.
*Drape third chord across the couple?s hands*

Will you share his dreams?
Yes
Will you share her dreams?
Yes
*To Both*
Will you dream together to create new realities and hopes?
Yes
And so the binding is made.
*Drape fourth chord across the couple?s hands*

Will you cause her anger?
I may
Is that you intent?
No
Will you cause him anger?
I may
Is that your intent?
No
*To Both*
Will you take the heat of anger and use it to temper the strength of this union?
We Will
And so the binding is made.
*Drape fifth chord across the couple?s hands*

Will you honour him?
I will
Will you honour her?
I will
*To Both*
Will you seek to never give cause to break that honour?
We shall never do so
And so the binding is made.
*Drape sixth chord across the couple?s hands*

The knots of this binding are not formed by these chords but instead by your vows. Either of you may drop the chords, for as always, you hold in your own hands the making of breaking of this union.

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  • Written Dec 9, 2004
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