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October 2009 Weddings

Poll: Ceremony Readings

What are you using for ceremony readings? We are going to use the 1 Corinthians ("Love is patient...") and we can't figure out what we want our second reading to be. It's not in a church so we're not restricted to religious texts. What are you using? (Religious or otherwise!)
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Re: Poll: Ceremony Readings

  • We're having a Catholic ceremony so in addition to the 1 Corinthians, we are also doing a reading from Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7a.  It's kind of corny, but it's the only one that we liked from the choices.If we weren't having a Catholic ceremony, I would have wanted either "I Carry Your Heart" by E.E. Cummings or the Roy Croft poem - not sure what it's called but it starts off as "I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you"
  • we are using the Corinthians text, and the one from ruth... "Your people shall be my people.."
  • 1 john Chapter 4 (portions of it) and a passage from Jane Erye
  • We're doing two. FI's aunt is doing one at the end of the ceremony A Wedding Toast "May your love be firm, and may your dream of life together be a river between two shores- by day bathed in sunlight, and by night illuminated from within. May the heron carry news of you to the heavens, and the salmon bring the sea's blue grace. May your twin thoughts spiral upward like leafy vines, like fiddle strings in the wind, and be as noble as the Douglas fir. May you never find yourselves back to back without love pulling you around into each other's arms." -- James Bertolino And then my dad's best friend is doing a reading that's supposed to be from my dad to me... right after we walk down the aisle. It's really a sweet poem. I don't have a copy of it, but my mom does. If you're interested, I can send it to you.
  • We are doing "Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog" by Taylor Mali and "I carry your heart" by ee cummings.
  • We have decided completely yet, but we are going to use the Irish Blessing I think.
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  • From Letters, by Rainer Maria Rilke:[quote]The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky. That is why this too must be the criterion for rejection or choice: whether you are willing to stand guard over someone else's solitude, and whether you are able to set this same person at the gate of your own depths. So those who love must try to act as if they had a great work to accomplish: they must go into themselves and gather and concentrate themselves; they must work; they must become something. For the more we are, the richer everything we experience is. And those who want to have a deep love in their lives must collect and save for it, and gather honey.[/quote]
  • We're using an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit and an anonymous poem called, "These I Can Promise."
  • Nada. As of right now we aren't having any readings. But that could be subject to change. Who knows
  • Ricke- You have almost the same readings as us! We are having a Catholic ceremony: 1st reading- Tobit 8:4b-8 Responsorial Psalm- Psalm 148:1-4, 9-14 2nd reading- 1 John 4:7-12 Gospel- John 15:9-12
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  • We're doing Love by Roy Croft and Art of Marriage by oh shoot I forget either Alfred or Winifred something.. :) .
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  • Our ceremony is "Catholic Lite" :)We are having one reading - I Corinthians 12: 1-13 andOur gospel is Matthew 19: 4 - 6We are having two blessings - “Blessing of the Hands’” and “Blessing – Adapted from the Peace Prayer of St. Francis”   If you google this stuff, there is a ton!
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  • We're using the Song of Solomon reading mentioned in pp.  Our second reading is VERY nontraditional...it's a children's book by Sandra Boynton that was turned into a song by Davy Jones (yes, of The Monkeys).  It's called "Your Personal Penguin"I like you a lotYou're funny and kindSo let me explainWhat I have in mindI want to be your personal penguinI want to walk right by your sideI want to be your personal penguinI want to travel with you far and wideWherever you go, I'll go there tooHere and there and everywhere and always with youI want to be your personal penguinfrom now on Now, lots of other penguins seem to do fineIn a universe of nothing but iceBut if I could be yoursAnd you could be mineOur cozy little world would be twice as niceI want to be your personal penguinI want to talk with you night and dayI want to be your personal penguinI want to listen to whatever you sayLook at these wingsSo perfect to hold youI'd like to say again what I have already told youLet me be your personal penguinfrom now on Now, lots of other penguins seem to do fineIn a universe of nothing but iceBut if I could be yoursAnd you could be mineOur cozy little world would be twice as niceI want to be your personal penguinI want to walk right by your sideI want to be your personal penguinI want to travel with you far and wideWherever you go, I'll go there tooHere and there and everywhere and always with youPlease may I be your personal penguin?Imagine me your personal penguin!I wanna be your personal penguinfrom now on.I honestly thought FI was making fun of me when he picked it...but nope!  He's so cute!
  • im using THE ART OF MARRIAGE Author Wilferd A. PetersonThe little things are the big things.It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day. It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through all the years. It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives. It is standing together facing the world. It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family. It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy. It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways. It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel. It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor. It is having the capacity to forgive and forget. It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow. It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal. It is not only marrying the right partner, it is being the right partner.
  • From the Beyond Words Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith “They say they will love, comfort, honor each other to the end of their days. They say they will cherish each other and be faithful to each other always. They say they will do these things not just when they feel like it, but even -- for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health -- when they don’t feel like it at all. In other words, the vows they make could hardly be more extravagant. They give away their freedom. They take on themselves each other’s burdens. They bind their live s together... The question is, what do they get in return? “They get each other in return... There will always be the other to talk to, to listen to... There is still someone to get through the night with, to wake into the new day beside. If they have children, they can give them, as well as each other, roots and wings. If they don’t have children, they each become the other’s child. “They both still have their lives apart as well as a life together. They both still have their separate ways to find. But a marriage made in heaven is one where a man and a woman become more richly themselves together than the chances are either of them could ever have managed to become alone.” -- Frederick Buechner
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