“The Passing of the Blessings” Today our couple have chosen to incorporate a very special unity ceremony that is a representation of an old Cambodian Wedding Ritual. It is called “The Passing of the Blessings” "Mun ouy laing leah, mun ouy prort preah." which translates to "Do not separate, do not part ways."
At this time, I will like to invite 4 couples whose relationships have stood the test of time and have mastered the art of living together in love, in trust and forgiveness. They will surround our couple and pass around to each other three lit candles 7 seven times. As they do this, they will pass their hand over the candle This is to represent the passing of blessings or essence from the happy, successful couple to the new marriage of Bride and Groom.
Bride and Groom, you have just been bestowed the gifts of love, compassion, patience, understanding, laughter and FERTILITY. May you support each other in creating a compassionate and loving home, a shining light in this poor world. And at all times may you be mindful of each other and hold lightly ideas and beliefs, remaining open to the possible.
Buddhist Marriage Teaching (adapted) There is nothing without a cause. The coming together of this man and woman is not an accident; it is the foreordained result of numerous previous lives. This bond cannot be made less or broken. In the time ahead, this joyous occasion will arrive as surely as the morning even though difficult times will arrive as inevitably as the darkening night sky. When things go joyously, take the time to meditate. When things cause you sadness, take the time to meditate. To only say the words 'love and compassion' comes easily, but to know that love and compassion are dependent on perseverance and patience is not easy. If you remember this, your marriage will have strength and be everlasting.