Blessing Word of parents at the wedding of their children
We, your parents, have given you life.
It's nice to have you.
But of course you are not our property.
You own yourself.
You were entrusted to us.
We have borne you,
have brought you into life and guided you,
have nourished and cared for you,
gave you a home and a homeland,
and we are glad that you have become adult people.
You now stand on your own feet,
you make your own decisions,
you design your life in your own way.
We wish you every joy with it.
Today is the feast of your wedding, of your decision for each other
and for a common future.
Today is also a day of farewell:
We, the parents, say goodbye to the parental role for you
as nourishing, educating and caring parents.
You should know that you always, whatever may come,
keep a good place in our hearts,
that our blessing, our benevolence, our love will accompany you,
but that we also have respect for the new and unique
that you embodies in your
character and in your community,
We do not have to understand all of your decisions.
We also respect you in your being different;
Our parental blessing, the blessing of Mother Earth
and the blessing of God shall accompany you
through your whole life.
Our joy as parents will be to see
that you rejoice that we have given you life
and if you make something beautiful and valuable from your life,
and if your present-day yes-word for one another
carries you through all the
burdens and disappointments,
Believe in the esteem of your parents,
believe in love for each other
and trust in the blessing of God for a lifetime.
Manfred Hanglberger (www.hanglberger-manfred.de)