We have suggested to couples many times the possible inclusion of The Apache Blessing in their wedding ceremony. We feel this wonderful piece conveys the depth, warmth and tenderness of two hearts, lives and bodies intimately tied together. The reading states in so many ways “you are one”. We have seen longer versions of the piece, however, we feel there might be challenges to the issue of authenticity with what sounds like an attempt to somehow improve the already perfect. We feel these redactions fall short of the original. Please enjoy this reading/ blessing/ prayer during your wedding ceremony. We are unaware if there is a specifically named author; most research identifies the writer as anonymous.
The Apache Blessing
Now you will feel no rain,
For each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold,
For each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness,
For each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two bodies,
But there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place,
To enter into the days of your togetherness.
And may your days be good and long upon the earth
Charlie and Cheryl Cavalconte