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BREAKING OF THE GLASS CEREMONY

There have been many stories explaining the breaking of the glass. For those of us here today, it serves to remind us of several very important aspects of a marriage.

BRIDE and GROOM and everyone else should consider these marriage vows as an irrevocable act, just as permanent and final, as the breaking of this glass is unchangeable.

The shattered glass also reminds us how fragile life and love can be. That sometimes a single thoughtless act, breach of trust, or marital misstep can damage a marriage in ways that are very difficult to undo, just as it would be difficult to undo the breaking of the glass.

It serves as a reminder of the sanctity of marriage, and that the love of BRIDE and GROOM should last for as long as it would take to make the glass perfectly whole again. It also symbolizes the transforming experience that marriage creates, leaving BRIDE and GROOM forever changed.

In a moment, GROOM will break the glass signifying the end of the ceremony and the time for celebration.

GROOM and BRIDE, in so much as the two of you have agreed to live together in Matrimony, have promised your commitment to each other by these vows, the joining of your hands, and the giving of these rings, by the authority vested in me, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.

Congratulations... You may kiss your Bride!