Short Benediction Prayer
May the God of peace who raised Christ from the dead
Strengthen your inner being for every good work.
And may the blessing of God Almighty
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Rest upon you and dwell within you
This day and evermore.
(a modern benediction prayer suitable for use at the end of a service, from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Wedding Benediction Prayer
The following words (which form the basis for the song above) are often used as a benediction at the end of marriage ceremonies:-
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
(an ancient celtic blessing)