A Blessing for Couples of the Same Gender
Welcome and Prayer
Celebrant: The grace and peace of our loving God be with us all
All: And with your spirit
Celebrant: Let us gather in prayer –
Gracious God, who has granted unto us all things necessary for salvation
and who has commanded us to love one another
and to forgive one another our failings,
protect in your holiness, as Creator and lover of good,
these your children, ______ and ______,
who love each other with a love of the spirit,
and who have gathered in your name
to be blessed and consecrated by you.
Grant them unashamed faithfulness, true love,
and the peace which passes all understanding.
Keep them in your name; sanctify them in your truth
so that living according to your commandments
they may become your heirs
for you are the giver of all good things and yours is unending glory,
Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.
Celebrant 4: Yearning for this love, we also remember the gender nonconformists of the Bible; those who served at the court of Esther; Hegai who helped Queen Esther get the attention of King Ahasuerus. The unnamed one who rescued Jeremiah from the well, and the Ethiopian who was the first Gentile to follow Christ.
It is through this love that we come to know you as the God of all. You have said, “ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened…” We know that anyone who asks, receives; they that seek, find; and those who knock, are welcomed into your house.
We, therefore, kind God, mindful of the holy commands of your awesome and glorious covenant, knock on earth: welcome us into your mansion, heaven. Grant unto us a share of faith and love with all your holy angels. Send to us, for us, the angel who guided Abraham; who was Isaac’s captain; Jacob’s companion; the waker of Lazarus, who came to the house of Zacchaeus the tax collector and said, “This day salvation has come to this house.” For where there is love, hatred does not rule; demons have no power, and there is no sin. For there are these three things – faith, hope, and the greatest of all, love.
Celebrant 5: Wonderful and much longed for, is the sweet smell of love. On earth it sows the seeds of piety and in heaven it gathers the sheaves of justice. Turn your holy ear to the prayer we now raise to thee and the love we now lift up between ______ and _______. Send your blessing and healing graces upon them, for you are the provider of all good things and to you is endless glory, Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.
Sign of Peace
Celebrant: The peace of our God be with us always, now and forever.
Celebrant: Let us offer each other some sign of peace
Prepared by: Dwayne Fernandes, New Ways Ministry
Blessing adapted from
Boswell, John. “Grottaferrata VII (tenth century) (Greek), Office of Same-Sex Union, Published in Gaetano Passarelli, L’Eucologio Cryptense VII (Thessalonika), 1982, pp130-133.” Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe. New York: Villard Books, 1994. 292-294