(Closed) Calling all Catholic Bees…need ceremony help!!!

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@SweetSara: honestly, you should probably go over readings with your FH! i used the book and he used a website that had the same readings and we just went over them (and their different interpretations/explanations) until we found ones we liked. it ended up that we both chose the old testament one from outside the book, he chose the new testament and i chose the gospel.

for music i’d suggest meeting with your church’s music coordinator asap. they’ll tell you what’s allowed, what they’re comfortable playing, and things like that. most of our songs are contemporary

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We’re using a reading from the Song of Solomon for the Old Testament reading (not sure of the exact page/verse number sorry):  

My lover speaks, he says to me ‘Arise my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one. Let me see you, let me hear your voice for your voice is sweet and you are lovely.’ My lover belongs to me and I to him He says to me: ‘Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm; for stern as death is love, relentless as the nether world is devotion; its flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love nor floods sweep it away.

The New Testament reading we’re using is the painstakingly obvious (but beautiful IMO) 1 Corinthians:

  Brothers and sisters: strive eagerly for the greatest of spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gifts of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered; it does not brood over injury, It does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Lastly, the Gospel reading if from the book of John:

 Jesus said to his disciples; ‘As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my fathers commandments and remained in his love. I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.’

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am not catholic but we are having a catholic ceremony…I was completely lost with choices but after Fiance and I went through the book we selected ours:

Old Testament Tobit 8:4b-8

New Testament 1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:8a (if you have ever been to a catholic ceremony this is the one they all use, but we loved it so we decided to go with it)

Gospel John 15: 12-16

We are leaving the song choices up to the music director as we have no strong opinions!

Hope this helps!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I still can’t get our priest to call us back, so I’m not sure what our readings will be. They haven’t even given us our book. I really love Ruth 1:16-17, but Fiance says not all of Ruth is in the Catholic Bible (I’m a recent convert) so I don’t know if we can use it. If we can’t use it as a reading, I think we will have someone sing it 🙂

“But Ruth replied, Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us.”

 

I also love the Song of Solomon reading FutureMrsMaher posted. We may use that one as our Old Testament reading if we can’t do the Ruth one.  Haha, the other two readings, I have no idea. But the Scriptures are beautiful and I think we will be able to decide on right ones 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t know the exact placement but it might still be 1 Corinthians there’s a whole passage about man loving his wife as the Lord loved the church and wives respecting their husbands. It might be a bit dated but I love the message in that passage.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@swanks4tw: Yes that reading is there – there is even a hymm with the same text we may use it

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@swanks4tw: Yes that reading is there – there is even a hymm with the same text we may use it

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@swanks4tw: Yes that reading is there – there is even a hymm with the same text we may use it

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

My all-time favorite reading from the Bible is Song of Songs 8:6-7a.

“Set me as a seal upon your heart,
As a seal upon your arm.
For love is as strong as death,
passion fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
a raging flame,
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.”

Such a beautiful message of love, and the permanence of marriage. It reminds me a bit of Robert Frost’s Fire and Ice.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Corinthians is a pretty traditional 2nd reading–if you aren’t interested in having the readings, why don’t you just do a Catholic ceremony, and not a full Catholic Mass? The ceremony doesn’t have all the readings, and if you have a lot of guests that aren’t Catholic, it might go over well with them–many who aren’t accustomed to the “Catholic, sit down, stand up, kneel” don’t fair well at a Full Catholic Mass Wedding. It’s been my experience that you can’t really deviate from that book–but I’ve heard that can change from church to church and priest to priest. Good Luck =)

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m not Catholic, but we’re having a Catholic-ish wedding since my fiance is Catholic. We just met with the priest yesterday and since I’m not Catholic (and the priest points that out every chance he gets) we’re not doing a mass/communion. He still gave us the book, though, and we have to stick to it for the readings. We haven’t picked ours out yet, though, partly because I’m not too happy about him nixing certain ideas we wanted for the ceremony.

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