How Weddings Work: Sacred Space Blessing

According to some theologians, places can be either “sacred” or “profane.” While the word “profane” might make you think of horrible acts or thoughts, it simply means “a place not set apart for special purposes.” Your wedding ceremony is a special moment, and its location will forever be etched in your mind.

Asking for your wedding ceremony to be held in a “sacred” space is a great way to put you and your soon-to-be spouse in a conscious state of NOW, and encourages your guests to be active participants in your union.

A Sacred Space Blessing can be tailored to any religion, or simply secular. God, or a Higher Power can be invoked, or not. If not, asking your guests to add their positive thoughts to the location and relationship is a non-religious version of a Sacred Space.

One of my favorite blessings is a twist on Saint Patrick’s Prayer of Protection, here, in the original:

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

As mentioned, this simple prayer can be altered to reflect your personal beliefs and those of your families and friends. And, it can be summed up in a shorter version.

A Sacred Space Blessing is usually performed directly after all of your wedding party has reached their ceremony spots, while your guests are still standing in respect of the bride. It sets the tone for the rest of your wedding, and focuses the attention of all gathered.

– Reverend Meghan Gurley