Category Archives: Rite of Marriage

Wedding Lectionary: Matthew 22:35-40

Ah! The greatest commandment. Let’s read the evangelist tell it: One of the Pharisees, a scholar of the law, tested Jesus by asking,      “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him,      “You shall love … Continue reading

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Higher Love

Perhaps soon the tropical beach will drop to number two in the eyes of engaged couples seeking exotic knot-tying locales. Rocketplane Global plans to cater to folks who want to express a higher love. That’s going to have to include a higher … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-7, 13

The beginnings and conclusions of Saint Paul’s letters include texts that are accessible, all-purpose, and naturally popular in content. It also “helps” when the Lectionary framers cherry-pick a section for good ideas and present it as a continuous whole. Read the last … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Romans 12:1-2, 9-18

The second of three wedding selections from Romans is another excellent passage. Much of Paul that is selected for the Lectionary is teaching material: theological, rational, philosophical. This passage isn’t one of those. In Judaism, much of the Old Testament … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39

Let’s get it out in the open: this is one great reading. It’s appropriate to observe Year of Paul, day two with a look at one of the three wedding Lectionary suggestions from the letter to the Romans. This reading … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b

This reading was added to the last Lectionary revision. If you have an old marriage prep booklet, it’s likely not included. This reading, by the way, is mentioned by a correspondent to Zenit’s Liturgy Q&A column this past week. I … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: 1 John 3:18-24

The “other” First John passage is an expression of Christian confidence before God. All of 1 John 3 treats the virtue of love as the hallmark of the believer.  Lest anyone think the virtue of one’s expression of love is enough, … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Colossians 3:12-17

If you’re a church musician, you’ll love this reading. My own sense is that in liturgy circles, it gets done a little too much, but take heart: your casual Christians don’t hear enough of it: Brothers and sisters: Put on, … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Matthew 7:21, 24-29

The Sermon on the Mount contributes three possible Gospel readings for the wedding liturgy. The Beatitudes and the following Scripture provide the bookends of that text: Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’      … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Matthew 5:13-16

Coming on the heels of the Beatitudes is this gem from Jesus, only four verses: Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Matthew 19:3-6 & Mark 10:6-9

These two passages each contain the core of Jesus quoting Genesis 2:24. They also are situated in the Gospels as an occasion of the Pharisees testing the Lord. Language scholars inform us this “testing” is a verb with an overtone … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20

What do you say we take a look at that other First Corinthians wedding reading? First century Corinth was a lively money-making port and boom town. Conventional wisdom that it was particularly a “sin city” (religious prostitution, for example) may … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: John 2:1-11

Does this passage make more sense as a treatise on Marriage, or on the Eucharist? Most Scripture scholars dismiss the former, noting that the wedding feast serves as merely the setting for Jesus’ first miracle (or “sign”). On the other … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: 1 John 4:7-12

The First Letter of John reveals love as one of its primary themes. Love carries the second half of this letter, in fact. The apostle urges his readers/listeners to love and lays out a very careful argument. The lectionary adopts … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Ephesians 5:2a, 21-33

Before the post-conciliar renewal of the Lectionary, this passage from Ephesians was the first Scripture reading the people heard at the wedding liturgy. It’s still one of the options today. There is an option to just have the core of … Continue reading

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