Post # 1
I know this is a strange question, but does anyone have any “non-religious” ceremony readings that are from religious texts (i.e. Bible). FI and I are looking for a reading that will placate our families by “being religious”, but something that we (agnostic atheists) can also agree with. Something along the lines of “Love is patient, love is kind…” (We don’t want something that popular.)
I’m planning on reading through the Bible I have, but I didn’t know if anyone had any suggestions before I dig in.
Post # 3
I was going to suggest Corinthians, but then I read you don’t want that. : p
How about looking at the psalms? They might be nice.
Post # 5
This is a a great thread – I’d love something along these lines too. I don’t have any suggestions though, sorry 🙁
Post # 6
Jenniphyr and Jamcnair, thanks for your suggestions!
sarahbabs hope this thread helps you too!
Bumping for the day crowd – anyone else have any ideas?
Post # 7
My husband and I aren’t religious at ALL and our families are so we kept the ceremony free of religion but threw in a reading to keep them happy. It isn’t from a religious text, but it mentions God and has a great sentiment. It’s called May the Road Rise to Meet You, it’s an old Irish blessing. We only used the first two paragraphs:
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
Post # 9
I’d look through Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes. There’s also that great line from Ruth – “where you go I will go..”
Post # 10
@misspeanut: Thanks for your suggestion. I really love this blessing, but I really don’t want to mention God. I wish we could just leave off the last line of the first paragraph, but it seems too abrupt and I don’t want to change actual the wording.
Post # 11
@Crabbabs: Ah, gotcha. The last two paragraphs make no mention:
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
We also considered Song of Solomon, like PP suggested. But my family has Irish roots so I was determined to use the blessing!
Post # 12
@misspeanut: I really like those last two verses! Thanks!
Post # 13
@misspeanut: I’m half Irish so we’re using the Irish Blessing as our benediction, it’s really lovely. There’s always been a little plaque with it hanging up in my family’s house, so it’s one of the details of the wedding I think I’m most excited about. Just reading your transcription had me tearing up a little…