1. Gracious Savior, grant Your blessing
To this husband and this wife, To this couple gathered here,
That it peace they live together
In Your love throughout their life. And Your holy Name revere.
Christ, defend them from the tempter
And from all that would destroy
Love's foundation You have laid here, Love's foundation that You lay here,
And its threshold paved with joy.
2. Lord, if You are not the builder,
Then the house is built in vain,
For a home without Your presence
Shall without true love remain.
Yet when You within a marriage
Come and dwell with grace divine,
There You fill the empty vessels,
Changing water into wine.
3. Cana's guest, this union hallow;
Tenderly embrace this pair.
Clothe this couple with the garments
They will daily need to wear:
Patience, kindness, and compassion,
Robe them, Lord, with love to bind them
In a perfect unity.
4. Make their love a living picture
Showing how You loved Your bride:
When You gave Yourself to cleanse her,
When for her You bled and died.
Jesus, You have made her holy,
Pure and fair her radiant train;
To Yourself Your Church presenting,
Without wrinkle, spot, or stain.
5. Father, You created Adam
Crafted Eve, and made them one;
Jesus, from their sin You saved us,
As God's true incarnate Son;
Holy Spirit, You forgive us;
From our sins we are released.
Bring us, Lord, at last to heaven,
To the endless wedding feast.