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Alleluia verse and verse before the Gospel

Following is the text of the four options for the verse that is said or sung before the Gospel reading during a Catholic wedding (The Order of Celebrating Matrimony #174-177). To see the verse in context, check the order of a Catholic wedding ceremony during Mass or the order of a Catholic wedding ceremony outside Mass.

    

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Option 1

1 John 4:7b
Everyone who loves is begotten of God and knows God.

Option 2

1 John 4:8b and 11
God is love;
Let us love one another, as God has loved us.

Option 3

1 John 4:12
If we love one another,
God remains in us
and his love is brought to perfection in us.

Option 4

1 John 4:16
Whoever remains in love,
remains in God and God in him.

For more information

Order of a Catholic wedding ceremony during Mass
A step-by-step walk through the complete order of the Catholic wedding Mass.

Order of a Catholic wedding ceremony outside Mass
A step-by-step walk through the complete order of a Catholic wedding outside of Mass.

Order of a wedding between a Catholic and an unbaptized person
A step-by-step walk through the complete order of a wedding between a Catholic and someone who has not been baptized as a Christian.

Choosing the form of your wedding
As you begin planning your wedding, one of the first things you will discuss with the priest or deacon at your parish is which form of the Rite of Marriage you will use during your wedding. Here are the three basic options.

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