Almighty God, who saw that it was not good for man to live alone and who established marriage for the happiness and well-being of men and women, we thank thee for thy gift of love to these two, and we rejoice on this glad occasion, when these two have come before the altar to be joined in this sacred ceremony, to make meaningful promises to each other. Bless this young husband. Give him strength as he fights the battles for bread. Make him wise to weight the values of life. Give him a sound sense of judgement. Keep him honest and forthright in character in a way that will make his wife proud of him. And may she find in him that inner strength for which the heart of every woman longs. Bless this lovely wife. Give to her an understanding the faith that will make her great. Keep her alert to every opportunity to bring good cheer to those she loves. Grant that she may have the joy that comes from doing daily tasks well. Give to her that inner beauty of spirit that never fails. Bless these two as together they seek to find their place in the world. Give them tasks to do that will challenge them. Give to them enough tears to keep them tender, enough failure to keep their hands clenched in thine, enough success that they will be sure that they walk with thee. And when, at last, one must lay the other in the arms of God, may they be found then, as now, still thanking thee for each other.