Wine Ceremony - I
The years of our lives are a cup of wine poured out for us to drink.
The grapes when they are pressed give forth their good juices for the wine.
Under the wine press of time our lives give forth their labor and honor and love.
Many days you will sit at the same table and eat and drink together.
Drink now, and may the cups of your lives be sweet and full to running over.
Wine Ceremony - II
Long ago, wine was revered as the blood of the earth.
When bride and groom pledged themselves to each other,
they drank wine from a single cup,
signifying that they were becoming one blood, one family, one kin.
Cup-raising was an invitation to the gods to witness this oath and hold the persons to their words.
Maria Paulson and John Connery, share this cup in acknowledgment of the new bond between you.
Wine Ceremony - III
The years of life will have some hardships and disappointments, of which this bitter wine is a symbol, remember to forgive the frailties of one another. Bear together life’s adversities and be confident that the good will always return.
(Groom takes a sip, then passes it to Bride)
The years of life have indeed, much happiness, joy, hope and goodness, of which this sweet wine is a token. We ask that you drink of it together, and as you do, earnestly seek the power and wisdom to use all the pleasure and prosperity that may come to you with gratitude and modesty, with sympathy for those less fortunate than yourselves.
(Groom takes a sip, then passes it to Bride, who then gives it back to the minister)
As you have shared the wine from these goblets, so may you share your lives. May you find life’s joys heightened, its bitterness sweetened, and all of life enriched by a constant love.