The blessing before dinner is always a touching moment during wedding receptions; all of the guests with heads bowed wishing love and happiness to the newly married bride & groom. We've heard some beautiful prayers in the past, but we know coming up with a dinner blessing that also wishes the couple well isn't always the easiest thing to do. For those who would like a little help on the prayer front, we're going to feature two dinner blessings, one today and one tomorrow, that we found to be fantastic.
Celebration - by Rev. Carl Thitchner 2003
We celebrate the love that brought you to this day. With love that deepens through many years, may they know its meaning and its mystery – how we become truly one in sharing ourselves with one another, and yet, remain truly two in our own uniqueness. May your house be a place of happiness for all who enter it, a place where the old and young are renewed in each other’s company, a place for growing, a place for music, a place for laughter. And when shadows and darkness fall within its rooms, may it still be a place of hope and strength for all who enter it, especially for those who may be entrusted in your care. May no person be alien to your compassion. May your larger family be the family of all humankind. And may those who are nearest to you and dearest to you constantly be enriched by the beauty and the energy of your love for each other, Amen.