Reading from Corinthians in the Bible for a Wedding Ceremony
As a Perth Marriage Celebrant I am asked on many occasions to include a bible reading in the Civil Marriage Ceremony. Even though the bride and groom are not being Married in a church or by a person of the church they would still like to have a small part of their religion included. As a relaxed and informal Civil Marriage Celebrant I am always happy to oblige this request and actually encourage the use of any religion or ritual in the Wedding Ceremony if I believe this reflects the thinking or wishes of the couple.
One of the readings in the bible is very popular at weddings is from the 1st book of Corinthians. This reading also has a title of “Love is”:
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.
Brad Whitelock, Perth Wedding Celebrant. Ph: 0431 974 608