Catholic wedding readings from the Rite of Marriage
Below you will find a list of readings provided by the Rite of Marriage, the book that guides worship for Catholic weddings. The readings are listed here with a descriptive title and the Biblical citation. Click on each reading to view the full text at ForYourMarriage.org.
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Transitions in the Ritual
The Roman Catholic Church in the United States is currently transitioning to a new edition of the ritual texts used in celebrating Catholic weddings. The “Order of Celebrating Matrimony” will become mandatory across the country starting December 30, 2016. Catholic Wedding Help is in the process of reviewing the newly released edition and updating the related sections of the site to reflect the changes in the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.
Note, the new edition retains the three basics forms for the ceremony (celebrating within Mass, celebrating without Mass, and celebrating between a Catholic and an unbaptized person) with a few changes in order or options for texts or customs. Dioceses may begin using the “Order of Celebrating Matrimony” on September 8, 2016, though the “Rite of Christian Marriage” detailed in this site is still a valid option through December 30 unless a local bishop chooses otherwise. Please talk with your local pastor for guidance on this matter.
- Male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-28, 31)
- The two of them become one body. (Genesis 2:18-24)
- In his love for Rebekah, Isaac found solace after the death of his mother. (Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67)
- May the Lord of heaven prosper you both.
May he grant you mercy and peace. (Tobit 7:9-10, 11-15)
- Allow us to live together to a happy old age. (Tobit 8:5-7)
- The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31)
- Stern as death is love. (Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16; 8:6-7)
Like the sun rising in the Lord’s heavens,
the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home. (Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16)
- I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. (Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a)
The psalms were written as songs, so although the responsorial psalm can be read if no cantor (song leader) is available, it is better for it to be sung by a cantor (GIRM #61). The responsorial psalm is the assembly's response to the Word of God; accordingly, the cantor sings the verses, and then leads the whole assembly in singing the response. In the following list of responsorial psalms for weddings, the title is the assembly's response.
- The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord (Psalm 33:12, 18, 20-21, 22)
- I will bless the Lord at all times (Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9)
- The Lord is kind and merciful (Psalm 103:1-2, 8, 13, 17-18)
- Happy are those who do what the Lord commands (Psalm 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 7-8, 9)
- Happy are those who fear the Lord (Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5)
- The Lord is compassionate to all his creatures (Psalm 145:8-9, 10, 15, 17-18)
- Let all praise the name of the Lord (Psalm 148:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14)
- What will separate us from the love of Christ? (Romans 8:31-35, 37-39).
- Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. (Romans 12:1-2, 9-18 [long form] or Romans 12:1-2, 9-13 [short form])
- Welcome one another as Christ welcomed you. (Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-7, 13)
- Your body is a temple of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20)
- If I do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 12:31 - 13:8)
- This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church. (Ephesians 5:2, 21-33 [long form] or Ephesians 5:2, 25-32 [short form])
- The God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9)
- And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:12-17)
- Let marriage be held in honor by all. (Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b)
- Be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another. (1 Peter 3:1-9)
- Love in deed and in truth (1 John 3:18-24)
- God is love (1 John 4:7-12)
- Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:1, 5-9)
- Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. (Matthew 5:1-12)
- You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16)
- A wise man built his house on rock. (Matthew 7:21, 24-29 [long form] or Matthew 7:21, 24-25 [short form])
- What God has united, man must not separate. (Matthew 19:3-6)
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it. (Matthew 22:35-40)
- They are no longer two, but one flesh. (Mark 10:6-9)
- Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee. (John 2:1-11)
- Remain in my love. (John 15:9-12)
- This is my commandment: love one another. (John 15:12-16)
- That they may be brought to perfection as one. (John 17:20-26 [long form] or 17:20-23 [short form])
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