Category Archives: Rite of Marriage

Wedding Lectionary: Philippians 4:4-9

The apostle begins a section in which he offers final recommendations. The wedding pericope picks up after Saint Paul names some names (4:2-3). This choice is new to the wedding Lectionary, being added at the end of the last decade … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7a

For those who think the ideological struggle between Catholic music contemporary and traditional is new to the Judeo-Christian experience, think again. If the Psalter is seen as the Temple hymnal for serious Jews, then the Song of Songs must surely be … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 148: (13a) 1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-13a, 13c-14a

Another “Alleluia Psalm” offers itself as a wedding choice. Along with the 112th, Psalm 148 puts a structure of praise on the lips of the assembly and her psalmist: Let all praise the name of the Lord. or: Alleluia. Alleluia. … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 112: (1bc adapted), 1bc-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8, 9

Except for the final verse, an invective against the wicked, the whole of this acrostic (alphabetical) psalm is given in five stanzas. Psalm 112 isn’t chosen often. I don’t ever recall playing for or attending a wedding that included it. … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 33: (5b), 12 & 18, 20-21, 22

“A wonderfully complex hymn,” writes Richard J. Clifford in The Collegeville Bible Commentary in describing the 33rd psalm. The wedding Lectionary picks a few verses for the first stanza, melding together the theme of the Chosen People with the humble … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 145: (9a) 8-9, 10 & 15, 17-18

Psalms 145 is one of three ordinary time common psalms that appear in the wedding Lectionary. Like Psalm 34, it’s an acrostic composition, the first letter of each verse giving the Hebrew alphabet in order. Unlike Psalm 34, it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 34: (2a or 9a), 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

Psalm 34 is probably the most frequent option I see for weddings. Not surprising, for this text has more musical settings and more good settings among the official choices. Two possible refrains are given, touching again upon the theme of … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 103: (8a or 17 adapted), 1-2, 8 & 13, 17-18a

The 103rd is one of nine ordinary time common psalms, and one of three of those that appear in the official wedding lectionary. It’s a fairly common choice, in the top five of the seven or so choices a couple … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Revelation 19:1, 5-9a

Revelation 19 is a curious choice for the wedding liturgy. Lots of couples agree, seemingly, for they’ve never (in my experience) chosen this passage. Maybe they get stuck on 1 Corinthians 13 and never go beyond that. This is the … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Genesis 2:18-24

The other creation reading for the wedding lectionary, authored by the Yahwist or “J Source,” varies a bit from what we read in Genesis 1. If this reading isn’t the most popular of the Old Testament choices, it’s very close … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Matthew 5:1-12a

This is one of the few Scriptures that see frequent usage at both funerals and weddings. Why do engaged couples still choose it for their wedding day? Possibly the same reason grieving families choose it: a comfortable familiarity. The litany … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Genesis 1:26-28, 31a

Engaged couples have two creation stories to consider in their lineup of Old Testament choices.  The so-called Priestly source in Genesis describes the apex of the creation story, and take a bit of time with the dawn of humankind: Then … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67

Abraham is old and widowed. He entrusts a servant to arrange a marriage for his son. Just two chapters after the interrupted sacrifice of Isaac (Imagine the family baggage in that clan!) the rare wedding Mass is treated to a highly edited version … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a

At first glance, the post-exilic renewal of covenant seems to be an unusual choice for the wedding lectionary. This passage is part of Jeremiah’s “book of consolation,” taking up the 30th and 31st chapters.   The days are coming, says … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: 1 Corinthians 12-13

(This is Neil.) This post is my belated contribution to Todd’s series on the texts usually chosen for wedding readings. It will offer some brief exegesis on the famous discourse on love in 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8, a very common second … Continue reading

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