Today, I witness how the young and lovely bride say her “I dos” not just in front of the many witnesses and to her groom but most specially in front of the Lord. It is a music to my ear when she sweetly utter the “Yes, I do” during the early part of marriage rite.
For me, this is the part where the bride needs to be 100% aware and sincere of her answer and this is the beginning of a new stepping stone of married life. A wedding of a lifetime does not only mean expensive gown, cakes, entourage, flowers, foods and venue, but the real essence for it to be a lifetime wedding is the sincerity of the couple in answering their “I do” in front of their family, friends and to the Lord.
The priest who represents God will ask the couple to join their right hand and express their intention before God and His church, the church stands for the people who witness the occasion. I remember the important questions are as follows which should be clearly answered “Yes, I do.” by the bride and groom themselves:
- Bride, do you take your groom here present, for your lawful husband according to the rite of our holy Mother, the Church?
- Do you give yourself to him as his wife?
- Do you accept him as your lawful husband?
- Groom, do you take your bride here present, for your lawful wife according to the rite of our holy Mother, the Church?
- Do you give yourself to her as her husband?
- Do you accept her as your lawful wife?
My cousin who is the groom is a very lucky man to have finally get the “I do” of a very lovely and young lady who now become his wife. As the one who bind them with the cord of married life, I wish them all the best of being together as a couple and soon raise beautiful kids and be happy family with God at the center of their relationship.
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