Though many cultures have different ways of blessing the hands of the bride/groom and bride/groom, the significance of the Hand Ceremony remains the same, "when you give your hands, you give your hearts".
In any tradition, a hand blessing is a ritual that is meant to draw you closer to one another. And in the tradition of hand-fasting, the couple's hands are literally tied together to symbolize spiritual and physical unity as prayers and blessings are recited. This is a way to literally "tie the knot."
Hands are considered to be a connection to the heart, and a hand ceremony blessing symbolically brings two hearts together. This particular ceremony usually happens after the ring exchange. The couple joins hands and the officiant ties their hands together with cords, ribbons, or fabric. Hands represent a source of strength and comfort throughout a marriage. Binding them together is the first step in a couple's journey to build a future together side by side, hand in hand.
The hands are a connection to the heart, and a hand blessing symbolically brings two hearts together. I now ask that you face each other, join your right palms, and then you're left palms. This forms an infinity symbol with your hands, which symbolizes a love that will go on forever.
As you join your hands, and with your hand's your hearts. With eyes locked, and hands linked, this ritual is a beautiful symbol of the union of two hearts, two lives, and two souls.
BRIDE/GROOM, these are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he/she promises to love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will work along side yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.
These are the hands that look so large and strong, yet will be so gentle as he/she holds your child for the first time.
These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family.
These are that hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief overwhelm you.
These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his/her eyes: eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.
BRIDE/GROOM, these are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he/she promises to love you today, tomorrow, and forever.
These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through the difficult times.
These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.
These are the hands that will give you support as he/she encourages you to chase down your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish for can come true.
Dear Lord, may you bless these hands that you see before you this day. May they always be held by one another. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment. Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love. Help these hands to continue building a relationship founded in grace, rich in caring, and devoted to reaching for perfection. May BRIDE/GROOM and BRIDE/GROOM see their four hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide.