Wedding readings from the Bible
A church wedding is always accompanied with at least one reading from the Bible. There are many to choose from so I have selected my three favourites, guaranteed to make your guests reach for their handkerchiefs! While George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin might not have married in a church, I’m sure they still would have enjoyed these readings.
Love, marriage and fig trees
1 Corinthians 13 is said to be the most popular church ceremony reading of all time, and it is not difficult to understand why. Below is the most famous part (13:4-7), but if you are looking for something longer, it can be worth checking out the entire passage.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, 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.
Ecclesiastes 4: 1-12 reminds usof the power of a marriage. The threefold cord mentioned in the last part (4:12) symbolises the bride, the groom, and God:
Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Song of Solomon 2:10-13 does not contain any explicitly religious content. If you are an interfaith couple, this could make a good choice!
My beloved speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
Personally, I love the poetic passage from the Song of Solomon above. Which one is your favourite?