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RING CEREMONY

kitten brings to rings to Rev. Leslie.

REV. LESLIE: Stephen, take this ring as a token of your love for catherine. Place it on your bride's finger and repeat after me:

With this ring…I give you my promise….that from this day forward…you shall never walk alone… My heart will be your shelter…my arms will be your home…we will walk together through life…as lovers and as friends… I promise that I shall always do my best…to love and guide you. With this ring…I give you your freedom…and my trust in you. I give you my heart until the end of time…I have no greater gift to give… Do you so promise?

STEPHEN: "I do."

REV. LESLIE: catherine, take this ring as a token of your love for Stephen. Place it on his finger and repeat after me: With this ring…I give you my promise…that from this day forward…you shall never walk alone… My heart will be your shelter…my arms will be your home…we will walk together through life…as lovers and as friends… I promise that I shall always do my best…to love and obey you. With this ring…I give you dominion over me…and my trust in you. I give you my heart until the end of time…I have no greater gift to give… Do you so promise?

CATHERINE: "I do."

REV. LESLIE: Please hold hands. For Stephen and catherine the ring ceremony is of special importance. The rings, like the collar, are symbols…but doubly potent…for while the rings are smaller than the collar they encompass a wider and deeper meaning…one that subsumes the collar and all that it signifies within it. For this reason their rings are emblazoned with circles of rope knotted together at the front…the symbols of bondage and their chosen lifestyle. But the knotted ropes also speak of the bonds of marriage they accept today before God and all assembled here.