(Closed) What readings are you using for your ceremony?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I want to use:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres

But I have heard it at every wedding Ive been to, so Im not sure yet

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Here are mine 🙂

 

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. Ruth 1:16-17 (may the Lord add a blessing to the reading and hearing of His holy word)

 

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 (may the Lord add a blessing to the reading and hearing of His holy word)

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

We are doing Ecclasiates 4 from The Messages (contemporary version of the bible). I think it’s going to blow people away!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am a huge Dr. Seuss fan, so I will have “Oh! The places you will go!”

 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@moderndaisy – just looked it up – the whole chapter? or just like 9-12?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ours are non-religious.  We’re having 2 readings.  The first will be a poem by my mother that she has written specifically for the occassion of our wedding (she’s a poet).  We’ll hear the poem for the first time on our wedding day, and I’m so excited for that!  I’ve been told by my dad (who has already read it) that it will be epic!  The second reading, also done by my mother, will be the poem “The Master Speed” by Robert Frost.  I stole this one shamelessly from Miss Potato Chips.  I LOVE Robert Frost, and the poem was supposedly written by him on the occassion of his daughter’s engagement, so it’s a perfect one for my mom to read to us!

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re beginning our ceremony with “Blessing for a Marriage”

May your marriage bring you all the exquisite excitements a marriage should bring, and may life grant you also patience, tolerance, and understanding.

May you always need one another – not so much to fill your emptiness as to help you to know your fullness. A mountain needs a valley to be complete; the valley does not make the mountain less, but more; and the valley is more a valley because it has a mountain towering over it. So let it be with you and you.

May you need one another, but not out of weakness.
May you want one another, but not out of lack.
May you entice one another, but not compel one another.
May you embrace one another, but not out encircle one another.
May you succeed in all important ways with one another, and not fail in the little graces.
May you look for things to praise, often say, “I love you!” and take no notice of small faults.

If you have quarrels that push you apart, may both of you hope to have good sense enough to take the first step back.

May you enter into the mystery which is the awareness of one another’s presence – no more physical than spiritual, warm and near when you are side by side, and warm and near when you are in separate rooms or even distant cities.
May you have happiness, and may you find it making one another happy.
May you have love, and may you find it loving one another!

Then our first reading is going to be Union by Robert Fulghum

You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband. This is my wife.

I think our second reading is going to be from the Bible. We have a few in mind but haven’t settled on anything yet.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re having a Christian ceremony and thinking of having something from Song of Solomon for the Old Testament reading, one of the particularly joyful songs of thanksgiving for the Psalm, and the parable about the wise man building his house upon a rock for the Gospel.

We’re in a progression denomination and quite liberal ourselves so most of the biblical references to marriage are not applicable to us as they were written for another time or culture.  I will not be submitting myself to my husband as the church submits to Christ! 

The New Testament reading is a bit tricky.  Other than Paul’s, “it’s better to marry than to burn” there’s not much that really addressees marital love.

We’re thinking of replacing the NT reading with a secular reading, but we’ll need to make sure this would work with our minister first.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve been having a really hard time deciding this! I’m not in love with any of the suggested readings from the Prayer book, perhaps something from Song of Solomon Ch2 or Psalm 128, but I really can’t decide.

I love the personal touch many of you are taking with family members writing poems, etc. I also LOVED Mrs. Pencil’s recaps with her personalized ceremony. After reading this I’m thinking of asking a very talented aunt to write something to add a personal touch, although our priest (my priest growing up and a dear friend) will be delivering a homily as well. I don’t want the ceremony to be too long but I also want to remember the day is about marriage after all.

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