The Fakelore of the Apache Wedding Blessing
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Hello,

Have you seen this version of the “Apache Wedding Prayer?”

“Now you will feel no sorrows for each of you will be a shelter to each other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no loneliness, for each of you will be companion to the other. You are two persons but there is one life before you, and one home. Turn together to look at the road you travelled; it stretches beyond you into the past. Look to the future that lies ahead, a long and winding adventure filled road, where every turn means discovery. New hopes, new joys, new laughter and a few shared tears.”

I have been told it is from the Book of Sirach, which is also called the Book of Ecclesiasticus, in the Bible.

I have also read on at least one website

http://www.ashmoreproductions.com/readings/

that it is from the Book of Tobit, which is in the Catholic Bible.

However, I skimmed the Book of Tobit, and although I have not accounted for the fact that it could be a mixture of separate sections of the Book of Tobit, I have not found it there.

The Book of Sirach/Ecclesiasticus is harder to skim read because it is much longer than the Book of Tobit.

Best wishes,

Patrick

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