Post # 1
I am having real trouble finding a psalm that’s appropriate for a wedding of a Catholic with a non-Catholic. I know this is just because I’m overanalyzing the words, but that’s what I do.
An example of the psalms that are frustrating me:
Blessed are those who love you, happy those who follow you
(my interpretation: Those who don’t love or follow God, like my FH, are NOT blessed or happy)
I also thought about “This is the day that the Lord has made,” but the verses are all Easter-y and not wedding-y. Like talking about the Lord’s mercy enduring forever and the House of Israel and the stone which the builders rejected.
Any advice or ideas? Should I go with a psalm that makes me cringe because of what it implies to me about my family, or one that doesn’t seem wedding-appropriate but at least doesn’t evoke that bad reaction from me.
Post # 3
Which does your fiance like best? I think we’re going for this is the day the Lord has made. Even if it will feel like Easter… I was worried about that but figured no one will notice! I guess they will.
If he doesn’t mind the language, pick one you like. Or let him pick one he has the least problem with.
What about the last one on that page?
Post # 4
How about this one based on Psalm 33? It of course is a praising psalm, and you could just skip verse 3 which mentions people having faith in the Lord.
(I would take it a bit slower than this recording though.)
The Lord fills the earth with his love, his love. The Lord fills the earth with his love.
The word of the Lord is faithful
And all his works to be trusted
The Lord loves justice and right
And he fills the earth with his love.
By his word the heavens were made,
By the breath of his mouth all the stars
The Lord collects the waves of the ocean,
He stores up the depths of the sea.
They are happy whose God is the Lord
The people he has chosen as his own
From the heavens the Lord looks forth
And he sees all the children of the earth. (skip)
Our soul is waiting for the Lord
The Lord is our help and our shield
May your love be upon us O Lord
As we place all our hope in you.
Post # 5
I view the blessings part as just being blest are those who lead upright lives, but I can understand your feelings. I like these verses talking about love enduring and your special day!
Psalm 118: I think 1+4, 24-25
Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose love endures forever.
Let those who fear the Lord say, God’s love endures forever.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.
Lord, grant salvation! Lord, grant good fortune!
Post # 6
Thank you soooo much, jenbrandner!!! I think that one is perfect! I’m sending it to our musician and checking our books at church for it.
Weddingbee is magic! It gives you exactly what you need!
Post # 7
@marjojo: Good luck! The organ/piano part sounded pretty simple so the musician shouldn’t have a tough time with it.
Post # 9
Psalm 128 is another really beautiful Psalm text for weddings. It’s traditionally been used for Jewish wedding ceremonies for millennia, and there are some lovely musical settings out there. My favorite one is still unpublished, but you can find a bunch of other (published) ones on YouTube.