Blessing of the Hands

These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever.

These are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief fills your mind.

These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes; tears of sorrow, and tears of joy.

These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.

These are the hands that will help you to hold your family as one.

These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.


  • Inaccurate information from cmoore

    It was not written by Daniel Harris. The author is unknown, and it's a Celtic blessing used many, many years ago before Harris was even born. He may have used it in one of his ceremonies and got credit for it, but it is not correct and saying he wrote it is misleading. Some have even printed their wedding brochures giving him credit, but he is not the author.

    Jacquie 2023-05-24

  • where should it be in the ceremony

    I really like this, but i'm confused. should it be a separate reading before the vows, or between the vows and rings? Should it be read by the officiant, or someone else, like best man or maid of honour?

    lovina 2019-12-01

  • Mrs.

    I read this at my daughter’s wedding and at the end I said “May God bless these hands and hold you in His forever”. I just felt that the title was the Blessing of the Hands and there was no blessing. It just ended.

    Michelle 2019-01-13

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