Readings for Weddings

Love is patient and kind.
Love envies no one, is never boastful,
never conceited, never rude;
love is never selfish,
never quick to take offence.
Love keeps no score of wrongs,
takes no pleasure in the sins of others,
but delights in the truth.
There is nothing love cannot face;
there is no limit to its faith, its hope, its endurance.
Love will never come to an end.
There are three things that last forever:
faith, hope, and love;
And the greatest of the three is love,
It is love then that YOU should strive for.
1 Corinthians 13

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    Love in all sincerity,
    loathing evil and holding fast to the good,
    let love of the Christian community
    show itself in mutual affection.
    Esteem others more highly than yourself.
    With unflagging zeal, aglow with the Spirit,
    serve the Lord.
    Let hope keep you joyful;
    in trouble stand firm;
    persist in prayer;
    contribute to the needs of God’s people,
    and practice hospitality.
    Romans 12:1–2, 9–13
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    And this is my prayer,
    that your love may grow ever richer
    in knowledge and insight of every kind,
    enabling you to learn by experience
    what things really matter.
    Then on the day of Christ,
    you will be flawless and without blame,
    yielding the harvest of righteousness
    that comes through Jesus Christ,
    to the glory and praise of God.
    Philippians 1:9–11
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    Two days later there was a wedding in the town of Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also among the guests. The wine gave out, so Jesus’ mother said to him, ‘They have no wine left.’ He answered, ‘That is no concern of mine. My hour has not yet come.’
    His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing near, of the kind used for Jewish rites of purification; each held twenty to thirty gallons.
    Jesus said to the servant, ‘Fill these jars with water,’ and they filled them to the brim. ‘Now draw some off’, he ordered, ‘and take it to the master of the feast’, and they did so. The master of the feast tasted the water now turned into wine, not knowing its source, thought the servants who had drawn the water knew.
    He hailed the bridegroom and said, ‘Everyone else serves the best wine first, and the poorer only when the guests have drunk freely; but you have kept the best wine until now!’
    So Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee the first of the signs which revealed his glory and led his disciples to believe in him. Amen.
    John 2:1–11
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    As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.
    Dwell in my love.
    If you heed my commands, and you will dwell in my love,
    as I have heeded my Father’s commands and dwell in his love.
    I have spoken thus to you, so that my joy may be in you, and your joy complete.
    This is my commandment:
    ‘Love one another, as I have loved you’.
    John 15:9–12
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    Traditional Celtic Blessings

May the road rise to meet you,
may the wind be always at your back.
may the sunshine be 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.

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    May God be with you and bless you;
    may you see your children’s children.
    May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessing.
    May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
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    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind always be on your back,
    May the warm rays of the 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.
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    The love and affection of the angels be to you,
    The love and affection of the saints be to you,
    The love and affection of heaven be to you,
    To guard you and to cherish you.
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