(Closed) secular readings- post your faves

posted 10 years ago in Secular
Post # 47
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here is our non-secular reading 🙂

from the awakened heart:

The Awakened Heart

“There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves
that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely
satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is
always awake. It is the human desire for love. Every person in this
earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know love. Our true identity,
our reason for being, is to be found in this desire…

…love is the ‘why’ of life: why we are functioning at all, what we
want to be efficient for… I am convinced it [love] is the
fundamental energy of the human spirit, the fuel on which we run, the
wellspring of our vitality. And grace, which is the flowing, creative
activity of love itself, is what makes all goodness possible.
Love should come first; it should be the beginning of and the reason
for everything.”

— Gerald May

Post # 48
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@awakemysoul: It was ER. When luca married abby in the surprise wedding and she had no time to prepare, she did that poem as her vows. I am a dork. 🙂

Post # 49
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@CorgiTales: You are wonderful! I watched all of ER last year. Though now part of me thinks that Anya in Buffy may have said part of it too … but the internet isn’t answering my questions.

Post # 50
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ummm love the Sex & the City Poem and I Carry Your Heart with me

We’re doing the lyrics to “I want to grow with you” from the Wedding Singer as a reading:

“I wanna make you smile
Whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All i wanna do, is grow old with you

I’ll get you medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
So, it could be so nice growing old with you

I’ll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold
Need you
Feed you
Even let you hold the remote control.

So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink
Oh I could be the man that grows old with you
I wanna grow old with you”

Post # 51
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My favorite reading right now is the section On Marriage from “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran:

“But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”

Post # 53
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I heard the Velveteen Rabbit at a wedding once and I cried.

Post # 54
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Here are the lyrics to a Postal Service Song and a TV on the Radio sond that use to play when I first met my mister


Brand New Colony by the Postal Service

I’ll be the grapes fermented,
Bottled and served with the table set in my finest suit
Like a perfect gentlemen
I’ll be the fire escape that’s bolted to the ancient brick
Where you will sit and contemplate your day

I’ll be the waterwings that save you if you start drowning
In an open tab when your judgement’s on the brink
I’ll be the phonograph that plays your favorite
Albums back as your lying there drifting off to sleep…
I’ll be the platform shoes and undo what heredity’s done to you…
You won’t have to strain to look into my eyes
I’ll be your winter coat buttoned and zippedstraight to the throat
With the collar up so you won’t catch a cold

I want to take you far from the cynics int his town
And kiss you on the mouth
We’ll cut out bodies free from the tethers of this scene,
Start a brand new colony
Where everything will change,
We’ll give ourselves new names (identities erased)
The sun will hear the grounds
Under our bare feet in this brand new colony
Everything will change, oOo oOo…


Ambulance by Tv on the Radio  (Just the Chorus)

oh i will be your accident
if you will be my ambulance
i will be your screech and crash if you will be my crutch and cast
i will be your one more time if you will be my one last chance
so fall for me, fall fast, fall free, fall with me


Post # 55
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@AlmostMrsHeath: This is so simple, perfect and fitting for us. It’s pleasent It’s lovely..I will share with Dear Fiance

Post # 56
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

@meganmp1:That is absolutely beautiful…. the Sonnet that is.

Post # 57
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

Post # 58
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

These are the two we’re using. The first will be read right after he introduces us and welcomes our guests, and the second right before he pronounces us. 

“Marriage is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other relationship can equal. It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.

Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life’s most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other’s best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child.

Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher, commitment is stronger, even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly.

Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing a love that is deeper than life.

When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage, they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two people who love each other and takes a lifetime to fulfill.”

-(Marriage Joins Two People In The Circle Of Its Love-Edmund O’Neill)



Now you will feel no rain,

For each of you will be shelter to the other.

Now you will feel no cold,

For each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no more loneliness,

For each of you will be companion to the other.

Now you are two bodies,

But there is one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place,

To enter into the days of your togetherness.

And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

(Apache Wedding Blessing)

Post # 59
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I am so excited to read all of these great suggestions. I have been pouring over the “wedding reading” books, but none have really hit, and there are so many here that I think would be just perfect for our wedding. Thanks so much to everyone who posted!

Post # 60
2788 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Any other suggestions? We are starting to look for our readings now.

Post # 61
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@lilyfaith: I had never read “The Union” but thanks for posting! Really like it 🙂 

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