Many couples wish to add special readings, scripture and prayers to their services.
Below you'll find just a small sample of some of the various readings
that can be added into your service. Readings are a great way to incorperate
family members and special friends who otherwise would be left out of your service.
To help make your vows work, practice reading these with a standard set of vows first,
then build them adding in specialty items such as candles, roses, and other items as you go.
You can always modify them and tweak them as needed to make it fit.
Try them prior to the rings, and after.
Sometimes it may work best and less crowded if you do the readings after the rings.
Be sure to print these documents out, and experiment with them.
Making notes what works best.
Another tip, once you have it the way you want it,
be read it again this time as if you were actually
doing the ceremony. But this time, watch the clock.
This especially important if you have a time table you
are working with when it comes to wedding site rental
agreements, caterers, or other time constraints.
Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness for you; now there is no more loneliness.
Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter into your days together.
And may your days be good and long on the earth.
~ Author Unknown ~
Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone.
To have a deep soul relationship with another,
to be loved thoroughly and exclusively.
But God to the Christian says,
"No, not until you're satisfied and fulfilled
and content with living, loved by Me alone and
giving yourself totally and unreservedly to Me,
to have an intensely personal and unique
relationship with Me alone.
"I love you, My child, and until you discover
that only in Me is your satisfaction to be found,
you will not be capable of the perfect
human relationship that I have planned for you.
You will never be united with another until you
are united with Me -- exclusive of
anyone or anything else, exclusive of
any other desires or belongings.
"I want you to stop planning, stop wishing,
and allow Me to bring it to you. You just
keep watching Me, expecting the greatest things.
Keep learning and listening to the things I tell you.
You must wait.
"Don't be anxious and don't worry.
Don't look around at the things you think you want.
Just keep looking off and away up to Me,
or you'll miss what I have to show you.
"And then, when you're ready, I'll surprise you
with a love far more wonderful than any you
would ever dream. You see, until you are ready
and until the one I have for you is ready,
I am working this minute to have both of you ready
at the same time, and until you are both satisfied
exclusively with Me and the life I've prepared for you,
you won't be able to experience the love that exemplifies
your relationship with Me, and this is perfect love.
"And dear one, I want you to have this most wonderful love.
I want you to see in the flesh a picture
of your relationship with Me, and to enjoy materially
and concretely the everlasting union of beauty
and perfection and love that I offer you with Myself.
Know I love you. I am God Almighty, believe and be satisfied."
TRADITIONAL IRISH BLESSING
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.
A Prayer as a Reading (re-adapted this from your copy of
"A Marriage Prayer" by Bud Henry Bowmen (adapted)
Bless this marriage, O God, as Art and Pam begin their journey
down the road of life together.
Allow them Lord to enjoy the ride and be thankful that they have
found each other once again.
We do not know what lies ahead but help them to make the best
of whatever comes their way.
If life gives them lemons, remind them to make lemon meringue pie
as Auntie Anne would do.
Remind them to hug each other often,
talk honestly and openly and laugh a lot.
Help them to look for the good in all things
and all people including themselves.
Help them to respect each other's likes and dislikes,
opinions and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears.
Help them to accept their partner's family and love
them as they love each other.
Help them to realize that there is design and purpose
in their lives as in the world, and that everything
works to God's intentions.
But most of all, heavenly Father, help them to keep lit
the torch of love that they now share in their hearts
forever and ever. Amen
Another great element is Parental Readings as well.
This occasion is a special celebration for you parents
who have brought these children into the world, and
nurtured them into adulthood.
Today you are witnessing yet another stage in the lives
of your son and daughter. Your continuing support and
encouragement will be needed as this couple unites in marriage.
Is there something you would like to say to your son and daughter
now on their wedding day?
Mother of the bride - a reading for her daughter:
I like to think that you learned from me that some things are important.
Commitment, love, loyalty, "being there" are at the center of everything.
I tried my best to teach you, by example, that life is very complex,
that there are no final solutions,
there is only commitment to the search for quality and genuineness.
I taught you to value human relationships,
to run away from bigotry and to expose it when you find it.
I taught you to believe in the value of books,
to respect education and learning, to admire goodness, integrity and wisdom.
Let's not forget humor, how to laugh and how to cry and how to love.
Above all, perhaps, I taught you by example that a thoughtful and examined
life requires difficult choices; that there are, for such a life, no instant fixes.
We live in a world which sells trivial answers for every complex problem.
In our household, from our example, you were able to draw on a different set
of strengths from the family,
Love is something that's not available in any store or TV ad.
In our home we shared our problems and fixed them with love and faith.
We always encouraged each other to trust in God, and in ourselves
That God would bless and make a way through any trial that came along.
I see all of these strengths in your life now.
You have become the kind of woman I dreamed of raising.
I'm proud of you my daughter, and want only the best for you now as you
Start your new life together as husband and wife.
Step - Mother of the bride - a reading for her daughter:
Though I was not there at your birth, and through the early years of your childhood,
I have witnessed your growth to womanhood.
I see in you the things learned that your father and I have instilled in you.
We have shared many things over the many years as mother and daughter:
From finding your first love, and the many broken heartfelt moments that
life has brought you since.
We share in happy times also, like getting your first license and buying
your first car.
There were times of joy, distress, and even sadness that we as a family
There were arguments, and shouting matches, times of laughter
and even the quite moments in our home.
The one thing I'll cherish is the memory that there was bonds
of love that no one could brake.
Today you start your new live together,
may you take with you the memories of happy moments and apply
them in your home today.
Father of the bride - a reading for his daughter:
B________________________, Today, my heart is full of emotion for you.
Not only are you all grown up, but you have blessed me with
(her age) _________ years of joy.
No matter how old you are, you will always be my baby,
my (favorite pet name as a child) _______________________
Today as I sit here watching you now becoming a wife.
I Am truly blessed to be called your father today.
May this day be filled with joy and happiness for you both.
What a joy and pleasure it was to be able to
walk you down this aisle as your father,
and to give you to
My baby has grown up to be a beautiful woman.
It brings tears of joy to my eyes to watch you both
now standing before me.
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