Manik and Maria were married on 2-17-16 at 9th Street Abbey in Soulard, MO.
They had a Mexican ceremony at 2pm and a Christian ceremony at 3pm. I had the honor to officiate the Christian ceremony.
The Lasso and Coin ceremony is a Mexican tradition that is incorporated into the wedding ceremony. Below are passages you can choose from:
_________ and _________ have chosen to incorporate the Lasso ritual into their wedding ceremony today. The Lasso is a wedding ritual in which the couple are bound together with a ceremonial rosary. Lassoing is a declaration of intent, where the bride and groom clearly state that they are marrying of their own free will.
_________ and _________ since your lives have crossed in this life, you have formed eternal and sacred bonds. As you enter this state of matrimony you should strive to make real the ideals that to you, give meaning to this ceremony and to the institution of marriage.
With full awareness, know that within this Lasso you are not only declaring your intent to be bound together before your friends and family, but you speak that intent also to God.
The promises made today and the ties that are bound here greatly strengthen your union and will cross the years and lives of each soul’s growth.
_________ and _________, I ask you to hold hands and look into each others eyes.
Will you honor and respect one another, and seek to never break that honor?
Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?
Will you share the burdens of each so that your spirits may grow in this union?
Will you share each other’s laughter, and look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?
Bride & Groom: We will.
: _________ and _________ , as you are bound together now, so too your lives and spirits are joined in a union of everlasting love and trust. Above you are the stars and below you is the earth. Like the stars your love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.
Now let us do an exchange of the Aras, coins.
Originally, there was an understanding of husband as “bread winner” and wife as “home maker” so the coins were given and received not in a spirit of reciprocity but in a give/take relationship. Nowadays the coins are a reminder of good stewardship for all couples; that they will mutually support each other, their children and the world around them. May God bless these coins that symbolizes mutual support and responsibility.
(As the couple exchange the coins repeat after me):
__-and____ , I give you these coins as a pledge of my dedication to you, the care of our home, and the welfare of our children.
__-and ___ I gratefully accept them and make this same pledge to you