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Popular Scriptures

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

'Two are better than one' and 'A cord of three strands is not easily broken', meaning a marriage that includes God remains strong.

Song of Solomon 4:10-11

'How delightful is your love.....my bride'

Psalm 95:1-7

'Come let us sing for joy to the Lord'

Genesis 1:26-31

God makes human beings, both male and female in His own image

John 15:9-17

'Love one another as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this' A passage about the nature of true love - unselfish and affecting those around you.

Ruth 1:1-17

A story about loyalty and love. Contains the promise 'Wherever you go, I will go - your people will be my people'

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

'A time to be born and a time to die........' The passage acknowledges pain and weeping as well as laughter and joy.

Psalm 23

'The Lord is my shepherd......' - well-known, either spoken nor sung.

Psalm 136:1-9

'His love endures forever'

Mark 10:6-16

'What God has joined together let no man put asunder' The teachings of Jesus about marriage and the special place of children.

John 4:7-21

'Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God' and 'Perfect love casts out fear' Appropriate for couples just beginning their new life together.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

'Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails....And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love'

Proverbs 3:3-12

Trust God - 'and He will make your paths straight'

Non-scriptural readings

I love you for what you are, but I love you yet more for what you are going to be. I love you not so much for your realities as for your ideals. I pray for your desires that they may be great, rather than for your satisfactions, which may be so hazardously little. The most beautiful rose is one hardly more than a bud wherein the pangs and ecstasies of desire are working for a larger and finer growth. You are going forward to something great. I am on the way with you and therefore I love you.

Carl Sandburg, Untitled

Here all seeking is over, the lost has been found, a mate has been found to share the chills of winter - now Love asks that you be united.

Here is a place to rest, a place to sleep, a place in heaven. Now two are becoming one, the black night is scattered, the eastern sky grows bright.

At last, the great day has come!

Hawaiian Wedding Song, from an ancient Pule Ho'ao (marriage prayer)

Is love pleasure, is love merriment? No, love is longing constantly; love is persevering unwearedly; love is hoping patiently; love is willing surrender; love is regarding constantly the pleasure and displeasure of the beloved, for love is resignation to the will of the possessor of one's heart. it is love that reaches man: thou, not I. Love that ends is the shadow of love; true love is without beginning or end.

Light of Divine Truth by Hazrat Inayat Khan

If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can. I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold. Or all the riches of the East doth hold.

My love is such that rivers cannot quench, Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.

The love is such I can no way repay; The heavens reward thee manifold I pray. Then while we live, in love let's so persevere, That when we live no more, we may live ever.

To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

Love flies, runs and leaps for joy. it is free and unrestrained. Love knows no limits, but ardently transcends all bounds. Love feels no burden, takes no account of toil, Attempts things beyond its strength.

Extract from De Imitatio Christi by Thomas a Kempis

The love of God, unutterable and perfect, Flows into pure soul the way that light Rushes into a transparent object. The more love that it finds, the more it gives itself, So that, as we grow more clear and open, The more complete the joy of loving is.

And the more souls who resonate together, the greater intensity of their love, For, mirror-like, each soul reflects the other's.

From the Divine Comedy by Dante

Today the drab world has been transformed - Decked out with flowers and ribbons. A feast. A celebration. Rich with music and laughter, kind thoughts and recollections.

All in their best - and you, figures from romance. All the world rejoices in a new beginning.

Pam Brown

We have taken the seven steps. You have become mine forever. Yes, we have become partners. I have become yours.

Hereafter, I cannot love without you. Do not live without me. Let us share all the joys. We are word and meaning, united. You are thought and I am sound.

May the nights be honey-sweet for us; may the mornings be honey-sweet for us; may the earth be honey-sweet for us; may the heavens be honey-sweet for us.

May the plants be honey-sweet for us; may the sun be all honey for us; may the cows yield us honey-sweet milk!

As the heavens are stable, as the earth is stable, as the mountains are stable, as the whole universe is stable, so may our union be permanently settled.

From the Hindu marriage Ceremony

I add my breath to your breath That our days may be long on the earth That the days of our people may be long That we may be one person

That we may finish our roads together May our mother bless you with life May our life paths be fulfilled.

Keres Indian Song

Somewhere there waiteth in this world of ours For one lone soul another lonely soul, Each choosing each through all the weary hours And meeting strangely at one sudden goal.

Then blend they, like green leaves with golden flowers, Into one beautiful and perfect whole;

And life's long night is ended, and the way Lies open onward to eternal day.

Destiny by Sir Edwin Arnold

This girl all in white is my crystal of light Kissed by heaven to earth in a dancing gift Of a bride in her freshness, whom youth and love lift,

With two sunbeams for bridesmaids, their father's delight.

I have married my bride In a ring of green fields Round a church on a hill where all nature's her dress...

From Epithalamium by Francis Warner

'You and Your Wedding' Jul/Aug 04

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