Post # 1
We are an interfaith couple, and would like to include two very brief (a few lines at most) readings, one each from the Old and New Testement. We’d like each selection to comment positively about marriage, love, and/or family, but have a few stipulations about phrasing: no mention of Jesus, no reference to a specific faith or upholding a religious household, and nothing involving subjugation or obeying.
Is this even possible? We are both very sensitive to the beliefs of our respective families, though there hasn’t been even a whisper of objection from either side about a non-religious ceremony (knock on wood!).
As an example, one phrase we both liked was “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.”
I appreciate any suggestions or sources from all of you!
Post # 3
@BostonBaby: How about:
“Over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection” Colossians 3:13
of course, there’s the famous:
“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 it’s own interests,it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-8a
“Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another in mutual affection; anticipate one and other in showing honor.” Romans 12:9
Most of the OT passages I know are about submission or a religious household. Sorry.
Post # 4
For the old testament – Depending on what bible you use it may or may not say Lord at the end. Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7
For love is as strong as death. I hear my Beloved. See how he comes leaping on the mountains, bounding over the hills.
My Beloved is like a gazelle, like a young stag. See where he stands behind our wall. He looks in at the window, he peers through the lattice. My Beloved lifts up his voice, he says to me, “Come then, my love, my lovely, come. “My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock, in the coverts of the cliff, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful.” My Beloved is mine and I am his. He said 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; ts flames are a blazing fire. Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away.”
You could always use just a snippet of it too.
Post # 5
@CoffeeHound: I love the first one you mentioned, it’s a nice sentiment (and short and sweet!)
@MrsPinkPeony: Is it considered inappropriate to use just the last sentence? All of our readings will be out of context for the majority of guests anyway, so I’m not concerned about establishing the story behind the quote… but I don’t want to insult anyone, either.
Is this also a question I could reasonably assume our officiant will answer? He/she will be familiar with multifaith ceremonies out of necessity, but I’m wondering if our request for neutral quotes is too much of a challenge. It’s what I get for trying on the role of people-pleaser, I guess!
Post # 6
@BostonBaby: I don’t think having a religious neutral quote is too difficult. The Bible is full of quotes that don’t reference God or Jesus.
I don’t think there’s any problem taking the last line of the Song of Songs. In fact, I think it’s quite lovely. I also like adding in the preceeding verse: “It burns like blazing fire, Like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; Rivers cannot wash it away. “