‘Boughs That Will Grow Green’

A few days ago I had the pleasure of attending the wedding celebration of a friend, an Egyptian Bahá’í.  As part of the programme I read the following prayer by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá on the subject of marriage.

“O my Lord, O my Lord! These two bright orbs are wedded in Thy love, conjoined in servitude to Thy Holy Threshold, united in ministering to Thy Cause. Make Thou this marriage to be as threading lights of Thine abounding grace, O my Lord, the All-Merciful, the luminous rays of Thy bestowals, O Thou the Beneficent, the Ever-Giving, that there may branch out from this great tree boughs that will grow green and flourishing through the gifts that rain down from Thy clouds of grace. Verily, Thou art the Generous. Verily, Thou art the Almighty. Verily, Thou art the Compassionate, the All-Merciful”. 

According to Abdu’l-Bahá the ideal marriage should be an expression of both spiritual and physical unity.

 It reminded me of when Minoo and I were married twenty years ago and we recited the marriage vow revealed by Bahá’u’lláh, “We will all, verily, abide by the Will of God.”

 Our wedding ceremony was followed by Persian food and dancing of kinds both oriental and occidental (most memorably my brother-in-law’s break dancing..).

 

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