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Ceremony Reading Help

Hi Ladies,

We're meeting with our pastor this upcoming week to plan the ceremony, so I'm starting to think about readings.  I'm not sure how many we'll have, but I'm thinking maybe 2 bible verses and a secular reading (a poem or something), depending on my pastor's feedback.  I googled popular ceremony readings, but I'm not feeling super inspired but a lot of it.  There's 1st Corinthians of course, but beyond that I'm kind of at a loss.

Any of you have readings you're using/have used that you really loved?  Biblical or secular, I'm looking for both.  Thanks!
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Re: Ceremony Reading Help

  • I was just working on this the other day!
    We are undecided between Romans 12: 9-16
    and 1 John 4: 7-12

    They are both about love and marriage, and I was happy to find them because I wanted to do something other than 1 Corianthians myself too.

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  • Also, I am a big fan of the Scottish wedding prayer.
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  • Thanks for the suggestions!  I'm actually Scottish and I love that prayer!
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  •  The only reading I have fallin in love with is the Blessing of the Hands


    BRIDE, please face GROOM, and hold his hands, palms up, so you may see the gift that they are to you.

    These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and vibrant with love, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as he promises to love you all the days of his life.

    These are the hands that will work along side yours, as together you build your future, as you laugh and cry, as you share your innermost secrets and dreams.

    These are the hands you will place with expectant joy against your stomach, until he too, feels his child stir within you.

    These are the hands that look so large and strong, yet will be so gentle as he holds your baby for the first time.

    These are the hands that will work long hours for you and your new family.

    These are that hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

    These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes: tears of sorrow and tears of joy.

    These are the hands that will comfort you in illness, and hold you when fear or grief wrack your mind.

    These are the hands that will tenderly lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into his eyes: eyes that are filled completely with his overwhelming love and desire for you.

    GROOM, please hold BRIDE hands, palms up, where you may see the gift that they are to you.

    These are the hands of your best friend, smooth, young and carefree, that are holding yours on your wedding day, as she pledges her love and commitment to you all the days of her life.

    These are the hands that will hold each child in tender love, soothing them through illness and hurt, supporting and encouraging them along the way, and knowing when it is time to let go.

    These are the hands that will massage tension from your neck and back in the evenings after you’ve both had a long hard day.

    These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.

    These are the hands that will comfort you when you are sick, or console you when you are grieving.

    These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, for a lifetime of happiness.

    These are the hands that will hold you in joy and excitement and hope, each time she tells you that you are to have another child, that together you have created a new life.

    These are the hands that will give you support as she encourages you to chase down your dreams. Together as a team, everything you wish for can be realized.

    Bless these hands that you see before you this day.

    May they always be held by one another. Give them the strength to hold on during the storms of stress and the dark of disillusionment.

    Keep them tender and gentle as they nurture each other in their wondrous love.

    Help these hands to continue building a relationship founded in grace, rich in caring, and devoted in reaching for your perfection.

    May GROOM and BRIDE see their four hands as healer, protector, shelter and guide

    ** I don't believe that old cliche that good things come to those who wait. I think good things come to those who want something so bad they can't sit still **
  • I love Shakespeare so we did Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 as one of our readings.


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  • Thanks kindachewy! I wanted something more for our ceremony and now I have it! Love it!
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  • We're using the Scottish Wedding Prayer and a C.S. Lewis excerpt.


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  • We are using the Blessing of the hands too. Love it!
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