Appropriate Readings for Catholic Weddings

Before I started making wedding missalettes, I already knew that there is a list of readings provided by the Rite of Marriage, the book that guide Catholic Weddings, to be used in the nuptial mass. It means you have to follow it accordingly because it is being checked by the church when you submit your missalette copy. YES, that is what they check, the readings you had chosen and nothing more.

In this kind of business, I have met many clients who just follow the copy being given by the church where they will get married. Unfortunately, there are some who want this certain reading to be the first and the other one to be the second. Choosing the readings for a nuptial mass is not about what we want but what is being asked by the church. To help the soon to be brides in choosing the appropriate readings for their wedding ceremonies, here is the complete list of readings:

OPTIONS FOR THE FIRST READING

(from the old testament)

1. Male and female he cretaed them. (Genesis 1:26 – 28, 31)

2. The two of them become one body. (Genesis 2:18 – 24)

3. In his love for Rebekah, Isaac found solace after the death of his mother. (Genesis 24:48 – 51, 58 – 67)

4. May the Lord heaven prosper you both. May He grant you mercy and peace. (Tobit 7:9 – 10, 11 – 15)

5. Allow us to live together to a happy old age. (Tobit 7:9 – 10, 11 – 15)

6. The woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:10 – 13, 19 – 20, 30 – 31)

7. Stern as death is love. (Song of Songs 2:8-10, 10, 14, 16; 8:6-7)

8. 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)

9. I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. (Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a)

OPTIONS FOR THE RESPONSORIAL PSALM

(to be sung if no cantor)

1. The earth is full of goodness of the Lord. (Psalm 33:12, 18, 20-21, 22)

2. I will bless the Lord at all times. (Psalm 34:2-3,4-5, 6-7, 8-9)

3. The Lord is kind and merciful. (Psalm 103:1-2, 8, 13, 17-18)

4. Happy are those who do what the Lord commands. (Psalm 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-7, 7-8, 9)

5. Happy are those who fear the Lord. (Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5)

6. The Lord is compassionate to all his creatures. (Psalm 145:8-9, 10, 15, 17-18)

7. Let all praise the name of the Lord. (Psalm 148:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14)


OPTIONS FOR THE SECOND READING

(from the new testament — for Sunday Weddings ONLY)

1. What will separate us from the love of Christ? (Romans 8:31-35, 37-39)

2. Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. (Romans 12:1-2, 9-18 *long; 9-13 *short)

3. Welcome one another as Christ welcomed you. (Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-17, 13)

4. Your body is a temple of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20)

5. If I do not have love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 12:31 – 13:8)

6. This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Christ. (Ephesians 5:2, 21-33 *long; 25-32 *short)

7. The God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9)

8. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:12-17)

9. Let marriage be held in honor by all. (Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b)

10. Be of mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another. (1 Peter 3:1-9)

11. Love in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:18-24)

12. God is love. (1 John 4:7-12)

13. Blesses are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb. (Revelation 19:1, 5:9)

OPTIONS FOR THE GOSPEL READING

1. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. (Matthew 5:1-12)

2. You are the light of the world. (Matthew 5:13-16)

3. A wise man built his house on rock. (Matthew 7:21, 24-29 *long; 24-25 *short

4. What God has united, man must not separate. (Matthew 19:3-6)

5. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it. (Matthew 22:35-40)

6. They are no longer two, but one flesh. (Mark 10:6-9)

7. Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee. (John 2:1-11)

8. Remain in my love. (John 15:9-12)

9. This is my commandment: love one another. (John 15:12-16)

10. That they may be brought to perfection as one. (John 17:20-26 *long or John 17:20-23 *short

PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL

In making the PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL (general intercessions or bidding prayers), always keep in mind the following points:

  • The lector or presider of the prayer should always begin the prayer by “FOR” and end the prayer by saying “WE PRAY TO THE LORD”.
  • People should respond “Lord, hear our prayer.”
  • The series of intentions (according to the General Instruction of the Roman Missal #70) should be:
    • For the needs of the Church
    • For public authorities and the salvation of the whole world
    • For those burdened by any kind of difficulty
    • For the local community
  • The intentions should reflect more closely the particular occasion, which is the wedding.

A prayer for yourselves, for instance, as well as for deceased relatives and other important people in your life can also be included in the prayer. However, these prayers are also the prayer of the whole Church, and as such, they should also reflect some broader concerns. It would be appropriate, for instance, to pray for all married couples; for families; for the sick and the lonely; for Church and world leaders; and for peace and justice.

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