Monday, June 25, 2012

Ceremony Readings {Practical Matters}

As you may imagine, we hear a lot of ceremony readings. A. Lot. Most of them are similar. Lots of Corinthians (although it's a good one). One of my favorites was a reading from "The Velveteen Rabbit" about real love. That book gets me every time!

If you're looking for some more off-the-beaten path readings for your ceremony, try one of these.

“The Passionate Shepherd To His Love”  by Christopher Marlowe

“How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“On Marriage” by Kahlil Gibran

“Sonnet CXVI” by William Shakespeare
(Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments . . .)

“My True Love Hath My Heart”  by Sir John Philip Sidney

“The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” by Edward Lear

“Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Address of Ruth to Naomi”  from The Bible, the book of Ruth

“Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Love’s Growth” by John Donne

Psalm 103 (A Psalm of David) from The Bible, the book of Psalms

From The Holy Koran: Chapter 49 Al-Hujraat Verse 13
Excerpts from “Gifts from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Apache Song” by Unknown

“Love” by Roy Croft

“Songs of the Open Road” by Walt Whitman

“This Marriage Be Wine” by Persian Poet Rumi