Sunday, 22 May 2016

Bible Readings For Your Ceremony

For many couples, Bible readings are an important part of their wedding ceremony.  Selecting appropriate Bible readings for weddings is made easier by enlisting the help of clergy and some wedding planners who are familiar with appropriate passages of scripture.

When the reading takes place during the ceremony is up to the couple. Some opt to have a reading and prayer to open the ceremony and then again at the conclusion. Some devout couples choose to sprinkle Bible readings for weddings throughout their ceremony. Another consideration is who the couple will choose to read the verses.
Some choose to have all of the scriptures be read by clergy. Others ask special family members or friends to read them. In some cases, the bride and/or groom may elect to read select passages of scripture themselves.

While there are scriptures that speak directly about marriage, the most common Bible readings for weddings tend to include passages that speak about love in general.  Here are some examples of scriptures that are appropriate Bible readings for weddings.
Proverbs 30:18-19

"There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid."
Song of Solomon 1:2

"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine."
Ephesians 5:20-25,31-33

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband."
I Corinthians 13:4-7,13

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."These are just a few of the many possibilities for Bible readings for weddings.  With a little thought, you'll be able to find meaningful scriptures that will add to your wedding ceremony.

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