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Catholic wedding readings

Below you will find a list of readings for Catholic weddings. The readings are listed here with a descriptive title and the Biblical citation.

Options for the First Reading (Old Testament) during a Catholic wedding

  1. Male and female he created 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 of 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 8:5-7)

  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, 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 during a Catholic wedding

The psalms were written as songs. The responsorial psalm is the assembly's response to the Word of God; In the following list of responsorial psalms for weddings, the title is the assembly's response.

  1. The earth is full of the 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 (New Testament) during a Catholic wedding

  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 form] or Romans 12:1-2, 9-13 [short form])

  3. Welcome one another as Christ welcomed you. (Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-7, 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 Church. (Ephesians 5:2, 21-33 [long form] or Ephesians 5:2, 25-32 [short form])

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


Options for the Gospel Reading during a Catholic wedding

  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 form] or Matthew 7:21, 24-25 [short form])

  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 form] or 17:20-23 [short form])


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