Help me find bible readings to ease tension?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You need the love passage from Corintinthians.  It is a great passage about love regardless of whether you are Christian or not.  Love is patient, love is kind….1 Corinthians 13:4-7.  Oops, I see you already have that.  Let me think….

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Something from Song of Solomon maybe?  It’s the Bible’s love letter.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Song of Songs is Song of Solomon….FYI

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

swonderful:  Hi! Why do you need bible passages? We are having a Reverand marry us ( my beliefs are very similar to yours, FI was raised catholic but hasnt been to church in YEARS/very much non practicing)

We told him go really really light on the religion, and I dont think we have any religious passages or prayers, we have ahomily that might mention the word God but that is the extent of itI

Wont a reverand be enough for your mom? Maybe do an opening prayer then have the rest of the ceremony be what YOU want.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Personally, I would avoid Corinthians. It isn’t about romantic love at all, and it makes me cringe every time I hear it at weddings…. however, they do say that opinions are like arseholes. Everyone has one….

The Song of Ruth is beautiful, and often used in weddings. It is about the love between a widow and her mother in law. Ruth 1, 15-17. However, it does mention G-d, albeit briefly….

Song of Solomon 2, 10-13 and Ecclesiastes 4, 9-12 would also be good for your purposes.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

Rachel631:  I actually like the Corinthians passage on love, because it is the kind of love that applies to everyone, and if you treat your mate with the love that is described there (agape love) even on days that you really don’t feel romantic love, it will help grow your marriage.  You can choose patience and kindness, even when your partner is driving you crazy.  Just my 2 cents….

Post # 10
milkcowBee
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - The Meeting House/DoubleTree by Hilton

We aren’t super religious, but we had an interfaith Catholic-Jewish ceremony. So we needed readings that were okay for both religions and weren’t in your face religious or talking about the wife being her husband’s servant. The two we went with were the Corinthians reading (so common but my favorite!) and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 which says:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:

If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls  and has no one to help them up.

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

 

I originally was going to incorporate a hand blessing/hand tying into that, but we cut it out at the last minute. Sorry about the formatting!

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Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Mrs.Sawyertobe:  Yeah, I know that lots of people love Corinthians. My brother (who is not religious) chose it for his wedding the other week. In a twist of irony, my father read it…. it’s ironic because my father and I bonded over how awful we thought it was, and how unsuitable he thought it would be for my wedding.

I know that it is often taken to refer to all sorts of love, but it isn’t really about romantic love at all… and in addition, if it is interpreted to refer to romantic love… I would find that interpretation a bit… soppy and vomit inducing, to be honest. It’s also really overused…

Call me a repressed Englishwoman, but my “type” don’t really go for overblown declarations of romantic love. We’re more likely to come from the “trip the kid up and make him spill his lunch” school of romantic declarations…. It’s public school, I swear. It makes us equate verbal sparring with romance.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

Rachel631:  I don’t consider it romantic either, but I also thing that you love your partner in a romantic way, for sure, but hopefully in the more universal way also.  I read a marriage book by Gary Chapman that talked about applying this kind of love in your marriage, and I thought it was really good…..

It might be nice to use a passage from Song of Solomon, which is about the gushy kind of romantic love you feel for a lover and the corinthians passage, which is about the more agape kind type of love.  I’d think you’d want both in a marriage.  🙂 

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