Tying the Knot
Today their relationship is further symbolized by the tying of a fisherman’s knot, a true lover’s knot, for it is the strongest there is. Its bond will not break, becoming stronger under pressure.
These two cords represent your past, each of you as individuals, and the unique and special gifts that you each bring to the marriage. As you each pull your end of your rope, these actions represent the moment when two lives join into one common purpose. The completed knot represents your future, secure in the knowledge that your marriage will continue to be strong despite the inevitable challenges life brings. Although the fisherman’s knot is one of the simplest to tie, it is also one of the sturdiest. As stress is applied, the knot becomes stronger.
It is the goal of marriage to achieve a blending of hearts and lives, but like the spaces between these cords formed by the knot, let there also be spaces in your new life together, so that each may encourage and nurture the individual growth of the other.
I ask that you now pull this rope to see it strengthen under pressure while still allowing us to see the individual cords – just as your support of one another as beautiful, blessed, individuals strengthens your union.
As you hold one another in mutual concern and shared respect, may you continue holding each other tightly in your hearts, and form a strong bond now and forever. Let this knot indicate the strength of your love and be a symbol of your unity from this day forward.