Wedding Readings


Here is a sampling of the readings that are usually used at weddings.  You will need one old testament (B) and one new testament (D) reading.  
If none of these appeal to you or if you have another reading you prefer, please feel free to talk it over with Father Larry.

These readings will be supplied to you in a book form (Together for Life), along with other useful information, when you meet with Father Larry.

B-1         Male and female he created them.  (Genesis 1:26-28, 31a)

A reading from the Book of Genesis
Then God said:
“Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
the birds of the air, and the cattle,and over all the wild animals
and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”
God created humankind in God’s image;
in the image of God, God created them;
male and female God created them.
God blessed them, saying:
“Be fertile and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
The word of the Lord.



B-2  The two of them become one body (Genesis 2:18-24)

A reading from the Book of Genesis
The Lord God said:  “It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him:
So the Lord God formed out of the ground
various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
Whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;
But none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.
So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep,
He took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib
that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:
“This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
This one shall be called ‘woman,’
for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife,
and the two of them become one body.
The word of the Lord.


B-3  In his love for Rebekah, Isaac found solace after the death of his mother.  (Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67)

A reading from the Book of Genesis
The servant of Abraham said to Laban: “I bowed down in worship to the Lord, blessing the Lord,
the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. 
If, therefore, you have in mind to show true loyalty to my master, let me know; but if not, let me know that, too. 
I can then proceed accordingly.”
Laban and his household said in reply: “This thing comes from the Lord; we can say nothing to you either for or against it. 
Here is Rebekah, ready for you; take her with you, that she may become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has said.:
So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Do you with to go with this man?” 
She answered, “I do”. 
At this they allowed their sister Rebekah and her nurse to take leave, along with Abraham’s servant and his men. 
Invoking a blessing on Rebekah, they said:“Sister, may you grow into thousands of myriads;
and may your descendants gain possession of the gates of their enemies!”
Then Rebekah and her maids started out; they mounted their camels and followed the man. 
So the servant took Rebekah and went on his way.
Meanwhile Isaac had gone from Beer-lahai-roi and was living in the region of the Negeb. 
One day toward evening he went out…in the field, and as he looked around, he noticed that camels were approaching. 
Rebekah, too, was looking about, and when she saw him, she alighted from her camel and asked the servant,
“Who is the man out there, walking through the field toward us?” 
“That is my master,” replied the servant.  Then she covered herself with her veil.
The servant recounted to Isaac all the things he had done. 
Then Isaac took Rebekah into his tent; he married her, and thus she became his wife. 
In his love for her, Isaac found solace after the death of his mother Sarah.
The word of the Lord.




B-4         May the Lord of heaven prosper you both. May he grant you mercy and peace.   (Tobit 7:6-14)

A reading from the Book of Tobit
Raphael and Tobiah entered the house of Raguel and greeted him. 
Raguel sprang up and kissed Tobiah, shedding tears of joy. 
But when he heard that Tobit had lost his eyesight, he was grieved and wept aloud.
He said to Tobiah: “My child, God bless you! You are the son of a noble and good father. 
But what a terrible misfortune that such a righteous and charitable man should be afflicted with blindness!” 
He continued to weep in the arms of his kinsman Tobiah. 
His wife Edna also wept for Tobit; and even their daughter Sarah began to weep.

Afterward, Raguel slaughtered a ram from the flock and gave them a cordial reception. 
When they had bathed and reclined to eat, Tobiah said to Raphael, “Brother Azariah, ask Raguel to let me marry my kinswoman Sarah.” 
Raguel overheard the words; so he said to the boy: “Eat and drink and be merry tonight,
for no man is more entitled to marry my daughter Sarah than you, brother. 
Besides, not even I have the right to give her to anyone but you, because you are my closest relative. 
But I will explain the situation to you very frankly.  I have given her in marriage to seven men,
all of whom were kinsmen of ours, and all died on the very night they approached her. 
But now, son, eat and drink.  I am sure the Lord will look after you both.” 
Tobiah answered, “I will eat or drink nothing until you set aside what belongs to me.”

Raguel said to him: “I will do it.  She is yours according to the decree of the Book of Moses. 
Your marriage to her has been decided in heaven!  Take your kinswoman; from now on you are her love, and she is your beloved. 
She is yours today and ever after.  And tonight, son, may the Lord of heaven prosper you both. 
May he grant you mercy and peace.”  Then Raguel called his daughter Sarah, and she came to him. 
He took her by the hand and gave her to Tobiah with the words: “Take her according to the law. 
According to the decree written in the Book of Moses she is your wife.  Take her and bring her back safely to your father. 
And may the God of heaven grant both of you peace and prosperity.” 
He then called her mother and told her to bring a scroll, so that he might draw up a marriage contract
stating that he gave Sarah to Tobiah as his wife according the decree of the Mosaic law. 
Her mother brought the scroll, and he drew up the contract, to which they affixed their seals.
Afterward they began to eat and drink.
The word of the Lord.


B-5         Allow us to live together to a happy old age. (Tobit 8:4b-8)

A reading from the Book of Tobit
On their wedding night Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife,
“Sister, get up.  Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy on us and to grant us deliverance.”
Sarah got up, and they started to pray and beg that deliverance might be theirs.
They began with these words:
“Blessed are you, O God of our fathers;
Praised be your name forever and ever.
Let the heavens and all your creation praise you forever.
You made Adam and you gave him his wife Eve
to be his help and support;
and from these two the human race descended.
You said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone;
let us make him a partner like himself.’
Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of lust,
but for a noble purpose.
Call down your mercy on me and on her,
and allow us to live together to a happy old age.”
They said together, “Amen, amen”.
The word of the Lord.



B-6         The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  (Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31)

A reading from the Book of Proverbs
When one finds a worthy wife,
her value is far beyond pearls.
Her husband, entrusting his heart to her,
has an unfailing prize.
She brings him good, and not evil,
all the days of her life.
She obtains wool and flax
and makes cloth with skillful hands.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her fingers ply the spindle.
She reaches out her hands to the poor,
and extends her arms to the needy.
Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting;
The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her a reward of her labors,
and let he works praise her at the city gates.
The word of the Lord.






B-7         Stern as death is love. (Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a, 8:6-7a)

A reading from the Song of Songs
Hark! My lover- here he comes springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.  My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come!
O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff, let me see you,
let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”
My lover belongs to me and I to him.
He says to me:
“Set me as a seal on your heart,
As a seal on your arm;
For stern as death is love,
Relentless as the nether-world is devotion;
Its flames are a blazing fire.
Deep waters cannot quench love, nor floods sweep it away.”
The word of the Lord.



B-8         Like the sun rising in the Lord’s heavens, the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home.  (Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16)

A reading from the Book of Sirach
Blessed the husband of a good wife, twice-lengthened are his days;
A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life.
A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the Lord;
Be he rich or poor, his heart is content, and a smile is ever on his face.
A gracious wife delights her husband, her thoughtfulness puts flesh on his bones;
A gift from the Lord is her governed speech,
and her firm virtue is of surpassing  worth.
Choicest of blessings is a modest wife, priceless her chaste soul.
A holy and decent woman adds grace upon grace; indeed, no price is worthy of her temperate soul.
Like the sun rising in the Lord’s heavens, the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home.
The word of the Lord.





 B-9         I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. (Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah
The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant I made with their ancestors:
The day I took them by the hand to lead them forth from the land of Egypt.
But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days
says the Lord.  I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
No longer will they have need to teach their friends and relatives
how to know the Lord.
All, from least to greatest, shall know me, says the Lord.
The word of the Lord.






D-1         What will separate us from the love of Christ? (Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39)

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans
Brothers and sisters:
If God is for us, who can be against us?  He did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, will he not also give us everything else along with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones?  It is God who acquits us.
Who will condemn?  It is Christ Jesus who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.
What will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things, we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
Nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

The word of the Lord. 




 D-2         Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.              
(Long Version  Romans 12:1-2, 9-18  / Short version  Romans 12:1-2, 9-13)

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.
Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; 
love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor.
Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.
Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, exercise hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Have the same regard for one another;
do not be haughty but associate with the lowly; do not be wise in your own estimation.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil; be concerned for what is noble in the sight of all.
If possible, on your part, live at peace with all.
The word of the Lord.



 D-3         Welcome one another as Christ welcomed you. (Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-7, 13)

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
We ought to put up with the failing of the weak and not to please ourselves; 
let each of us please our neighbor for the good, for building up.
For Christ did not please himself.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another,
in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The word of the Lord.

D-4         Your body is a temple of the Spirit.  (1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20)

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body;
God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power.
Do you hot know that your bodies are members of Christ?  Whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
Avoid immorality.  Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
For you have been purchased at a price.
Therefore, glorify God in your body.
The word of the Lord.




D-5         If I do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8a)

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.
But I shall show you a still more excellent way.
If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love,
I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;
if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. 
It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered,
it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
The word of the Lord.




D-7         The God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9)

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians

Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice in the Lord always.  I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all.
The Lord is near.  Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. 
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters,
whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence and if there anything worthy of praise,think about these things. 
Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.
Then the God of peace will be with you.
The word of the Lord.




D-8         And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.               (Colossians 3:12-17)

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion,
Kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another
And forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another;
As the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one Body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and
admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The word of the Lord.



 D-9         Let marriage be held in honor by all.  (Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b)

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
Let mutual love continue.
Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels.
Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment,
and of the ill-treated as of yourselves,
for you also are in the body.
Let marriage be honored among all and the marriage bed be kept undefiled.
Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have,
for he has said, I will never forsake you or abandon you.
Thus we may say with confidence:
The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid.
The word of the Lord.




D-11      Love in deed and in truth.  (1 John 3:18-24)

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.
Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth
and reassure our hearts before him in whatever our hearts condemn,
for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask,
because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this:
We should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,
and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit that he gave us.
The word of the Lord.



D-12      God is love.  (1 John 4:7-12)

A reading from the first Letter of Saint John

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God:
Everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only-begotten Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
Not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.
The word of the Lord.





D-13      Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding fast of the Lamb.               (Revelation 19:1, 5-9a)

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I John, heard what sounded like the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying:
“Alleluia! Salvation, glory and might belong to our God.”
A voice coming from the throne said:
“Praise our God, all you his servants, and you who revere him, small and great.”
Then I heard something like the sound of a great multitude or the sound of rushing water or might peals of thunder, as they said:
“Alleluia! The Lord has established his reign, our God, the almighty.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory.  For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, his bride has made herself ready. 
She was allowed to wear a bright, clean linen garment.” (The linen represents the righteous deeds of the holy ones.)
Then the angel said to me, “write this:
Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding fast of the Lamb.”
The word of the Lord.