Scripture Readings for Weddings

Old Testament Readings
(1st Reading & Psalm)

New Testament Readings
(2nd Reading & Psalm)

Gospel Readings

1. Genesis 1: verses 26-28, & verse 31: God loves and cares for man and woman and blesses their love for each other. Psalm 32

2. Genesis 2: v 18-24: Man and Woman complement each other, each helps to fulfil the other. Psalm 148

3. Genesis 28 v 48-51 & 58-67: God’s guidance in bringing His people together and how the couple’s mutual love helps them in times of difficulty. Psalm 144

4. Tobit 7: v 6-14 (shorter form v 8-15): Marriage is part of God’s plan and is blessed by Him. Psalm 32

5. Tobit 8: v 4-8: Tobit and Sarah pray together at the beginning of their marriage. Psalm 102

6. Song of Songs 2: v8-10, 14,16 and 8: v 6-7: A wonderful expression of the love of husband and wife. Psalm 127

7. Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 26: v 1-4, 13, 16: A husband gives a list of the positive qualities of the woman he loves. Psalm 33

8. Jeremiah 3: v 31-34: The relationship of God with his people is one of Covenanted love. So too is the relationship of marriage. Psalm 111

1. Revelation (Apocalypse) 19: 1. 5-9: The new relationship between God and His people is likened to a wedding feast. Psalm 148

2. Romans 8: v 31-35 and 37-39: Christ’s love for us was so strong that it overcame death. The love between a married couple blessed by God should overcome all difficulties.

3. Romans 12: v 1-2 & 9-18: Married love is not closed in but spreads out to those around.

4. 1 Corinthians 6: v 13-15, 17: Marriage calls for faithfulness: a love faithful and exclusive.

5. 1 Corinthians 12: v 31 and 13 v 1-8: This passage expresses what true love should be.

6. Ephesians 5: v 2, and v 21-23: Christ’s love for his bride, the Church, is given as a model (a sign) of the way husbands and wives should love each other.

7. Colossians 3: v 12-17: Love in practice: love and forgiveness within a couple relationship and also within a community.

8. 1 Peter: v 1-8: This passage is not about one person dominating the other: rather it is about the need for mutual respect & understanding.

9. 1 John 3: v 18-24: Love is about truthfulness, openness and trust.

10. 1 John 4: v 7-12: This passage can help a reflection on how God’s love will shape our lives.

1. Matthew 5: 1-2: This is a blueprint for true Christian life: of how to live happily as man and wife.

2. Matthew 5: v 13-16: Marriage must grow and develop and so become a sign of hope and love to the world.

3. Matthew 7: 21 and 24-29: Good preparation for marriage and true love will provide the foundation for lasting happiness, even when difficulties come along.

4. Matthew 19: 3-6: God brings man and wife together, and will keep them as one all the days of their life.

5. Matthew 22: v 35-40: Marriage involves the gift of learning to love unselfishly.

6. John 2: 1-11: Jesus works his first great sign by working a miracle at a wedding. Marriage should be a sign of God’s power and love

7. John 15: v 9-12: True love in Marriage will bring forth true joy and happiness.

8. John 15: v 12-16: We all have a call (a vocation) from God. Marriage is a vocation.

9. John 17: v 20-26: A prayer that, over the years, husband and wife may grow together in their marriage.

Old Testament Readings
(1st Reading & Psalm)

1. Genesis 1: verses 26-28, & verse 31: God loves and cares for man and woman and blesses their love for each other. Psalm 32

2. Genesis 2: v 18-24: Man and Woman complement each other, each helps to fulfil the other. Psalm 148

3. Genesis 28 v 48-51 & 58-67: God’s guidance in bringing His people together and how the couple’s mutual love helps them in times of difficulty. Psalm 144

4. Tobit 7: v 6-14 (shorter form v 8-15): Marriage is part of God’s plan and is blessed by Him. Psalm 32

5. Tobit 8: v 4-8: Tobit and Sarah pray together at the beginning of their marriage. Psalm 102

6. Song of Songs 2: v8-10, 14,16 and 8: v 6-7: A wonderful expression of the love of husband and wife. Psalm 127

7. Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 26: v 1-4, 13, 16: A husband gives a list of the positive qualities of the woman he loves. Psalm 33

8. Jeremiah 3: v 31-34: The relationship of God with his people is one of Covenanted love. So too is the relationship of marriage. Psalm 111

New Testament Readings
(2nd Reading & Psalm)

1. Revelation (Apocalypse) 19: 1. 5-9: The new relationship between God and His people is likened to a wedding feast. Psalm 148

2. Romans 8: v 31-35 and 37-39: Christ’s love for us was so strong that it overcame death. The love between a married couple blessed by God should overcome all difficulties.

3. Romans 12: v 1-2 & 9-18: Married love is not closed in but spreads out to those around.

4. 1 Corinthians 6: v 13-15, 17: Marriage calls for faithfulness: a love faithful and exclusive.

5. 1 Corinthians 12: v 31 and 13 v 1-8: This passage expresses what true love should be.

6. Ephesians 5: v 2, and v 21-23: Christ’s love for his bride, the Church, is given as a model (a sign) of the way husbands and wives should love each other.

7. Colossians 3: v 12-17: Love in practice: love and forgiveness within a couple relationship and also within a community.

8. 1 Peter: v 1-8: This passage is not about one person dominating the other: rather it is about the need for mutual respect & understanding.

9. 1 John 3: v 18-24: Love is about truthfulness, openness and trust.

10. 1 John 4: v 7-12: This passage can help a reflection on how God’s love will shape our lives.

Gospel Readings

1. Matthew 5: 1-2: This is a blueprint for true Christian life: of how to live happily as man and wife.

2. Matthew 5: v 13-16: Marriage must grow and develop and so become a sign of hope and love to the world.

3. Matthew 7: 21 and 24-29: Good preparation for marriage and true love will provide the foundation for lasting happiness, even when difficulties come along.

4. Matthew 19: 3-6: God brings man and wife together, and will keep them as one all the days of their life.

5. Matthew 22: v 35-40: Marriage involves the gift of learning to love unselfishly.

6. John 2: 1-11: Jesus works his first great sign by working a miracle at a wedding. Marriage should be a sign of God’s power and love

7. John 15: v 9-12: True love in Marriage will bring forth true joy and happiness.

8. John 15: v 12-16: We all have a call (a vocation) from God. Marriage is a vocation.

9. John 17: v 20-26: A prayer that, over the years, husband and wife may grow together in their marriage.

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