This is really beautiful, I, like Karen wonder if there is a Cherokee blessing.
Blessing of the Apaches
I love this,but do you have any Cherokee??
I want this to happen
I totally loved that blessing. I'm not Apache, buvt I would totally love to have that as a part of my wedding ceremony.
I'm getting married in july, we are going to use this passage ath the end of the ceremony. I'm thrilled to find this. we are both going into our second marriage, we have been friends since first grade, we are not 65 yrs old! ours is a special and beautiful friendship and love.
thank you so much for listing this passage.
the Apache ways
this is very touching because it tell the truth about the apache marriage
Very heartfelt and meaningful
I am "supposed" to have some Native American ancestry in my mother's family BUT whether I do or not, I think this is one of the most beautiful poems that could be added to ANYONE's vows!
I am Sioux but this is beautiful I love it
nicole moon willow
TO THE HEART
TO THE HEART
for my lawful wife to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part."
MATTHEW ADAM SYLVESTER
TRACY ANN ROSS
for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and health, until death do us part."
Matthew A Sylvester
Beautiful words but not an Apache reading
My fiance and I love these words and will use them at our wedding, although we will attribute it to Elliot Arnold, who created this ceremony piece in his 1947 novel, Blood Brothers. While we are aware it has no known connection to any Native American group or practice, Arnold definitely had a knack for words!
Run a search for "blood brothers" and "apache blessing" and you'll find some history on this reading.
U WIL GO TO HELL FOR THIS
TEHIESE ARNET THE WOERDS OF TREU GOD U CANT GIT MAREIYED THIS WAY ANYMOER U WIL GO TO HELLL AND BE RAEPED BY DEMINS
this is a beautiful piece, but who wrote it? Elliot Arnold or Albert Maltz?
Saddened by the use of this prayer
I am Apache and this saddens me that this prayer is passed on as actual Apache tradition, when in truth it was written for a movie.
The Indian Wedding Blessing, Apache Wedding Prayer, and other variants, is commonly recited at weddings in the United States. It is not associated with any particular religion and indeed does not mention a deity or include a petition, only a wish. It has no known connection to the traditions of the Apache or any other Native American group.
It was written for the 1947 Western novel Blood Brother (novel) by Elliott Arnold. The blessing entered popular consciousness when it made its way into the film adaptation of the novel Broken Arrow, scripted by Albert Maltz.
The first line of the original poem was "Now for you there is no rain" and the last "Now, forever, forever, there is no loneliness". Since 1950, there have since been several different versions of the poem. The film text begins "'Now you will feel no rain" and ends "And may your days be good and long upon the earth."
I'M INDIAN THIS IS MY VOWS 2 MY MAN, ON JUNE 22, 2012. THANK YOU
Making this part of a prayer
My wives and i are of many cultures and families of the earth, and will use this as part of a prayer, before we bring our new sister into our home and life.
Love this!!! Not apache but will use
Perfect for pagan
My stepfather is Apache and I want him to officiate my wedding, so this is perfect!!!
Have live it -- Know what is real
My partner/spouse + I have know each other for 19 years, + lived together for 13. We're finally going to do this. All the vows/promises/poetry etc., that I've heard or read so far, is not reality. The reality is that life/love/the world can be hard at times. When you have someone that you are committed to, regardless of the obsticles, nothing else matters.
just a question...
so i love this 1 but im not apache. i think there may b some native american way back in my family would it still b ok 4 me 2 use this 1?
This is the one, these are the vows i will take on Christmas Day 2011...
One of the most simple and beautiful words I've ever read about marriage. I love it.
This blessing is beautiful I am from the UK and have a great admiration for Native Americans and their culture. It says it all
This was written by Elliott Arnold and Albert Maltz
It was for a novel, Blood Brother (by Elliott Arnold), later adapted to film as Broken Arrow (by Albert Maltz) in 1950 (starring Jimmy Stewart). It's lovely, but it's not Apache.
THE NATIVE MEANING OF LOVE
I LOVE THIS VOW CAUSE IT INVOLVES MY HERITAGE AND IT MEANS ALOT TO ME AND HOPEFULLY ONE DAY MOTHER EARTH AND FATHER SKY WILL BLESS THIS APACHE BRAVE
The Blessings of the Apache
It is a lovely poem and it is so true.
I like it.
I just got Married (in Vegas). Soon, I will be performing a wedding for my Nephew. I think he and his will love these beautiful words.
The passage is definitely NOT a real, authentic Apache blessing - it was just part of a movie script, but no matter that - the beauty of words stems from the author regardless of who they are or why they wrote them. Any words can be beautiful and this blessing definitely is!
I am not Apache.....I heard this passage during the movie "broken Arrow". I liked the passage so much that I went looking for it, and when I marry again I hope my wife likes it as much as I do.
If this was written for a movie, is it authentic and was quoted in the movie or is it Hollywood?
Actually from a movie
this lovely piece was actually written for the 1950
James Stewart movie 'Broken Arrow'...
I'm not Apache but I love these words and will use this on my wedding in February!
I am an American Indian
I love the choosing of the words in this its very well put.
I agree with mr punch this poem defines the reality of marriage and the explanation just confuses me.
When my grandmother remarried, I was about 11 and she asked me to recite this poem at her wedding. Ten years later I am now getting married and I'm so excited to have found the poem and to have it spoken at my wedding. Thank you so much!
perfect for all
we are having a candle lit ceremony...this will be perfect for the guest to bless us with once a candles are lit.
says it all
Wow, this is just beautiful. I need look no further.
Getting married 2/14/2009
I loved the thought behind this poem....
This passage is so sweet. It really is the perfect blessing for a couple.
A lesson from the Apache
I am 1/64th Apache and that has nothing to do with the fact that I read this. Never the less we can learn a lot from this.. Starts of with a bold declaration and the whole thing is good. I would prefer putting it into terms that mean more to me (since I feel no rain now ect) but the heart behind this has been the most catching of all the Vows I have read today!
Just beautiful both the vows and also the explanation could be used a a reading
I like this one... not sure why it needs an explanation though...! In case you have no poetry in your soul I guess!
Neither of us are Apache either but these works describe how we feel about eachother and the life we will lead together.
I like it
I am doing a non-denominational wedding for friends in a few days.... This is a very beautiful passage. I think I may use it as part of the wedding.
Straight to my heart
The moment i read this my heart was smiling and crying at the same time. We will be incorporating these beautiful words in our ceremony as a reading (neither of us are apache, it simply touched my heart) Thank you.
I too am a native apache...My earth mother used this passage at her first wedding...and my fiance will too love these words!
I AM APACHE AND THIS CUTS TO THE SOUL.. IM GETTING MARRIED IN NOVEMBER AND WILL BE USING THIS PASSAGE. THANK YOU