Ceremony Readings You'll Love!
Trying to pin down the right ceremony readings can definitely be overwhelming.
You're looking for just the right words to reflect both your feelings and your personalities, and your readings can set the tone for your ceremony, be it playful or tearful.
Great resources include religious texts, poetry and plays, historical literature, children's books, movie lines, song lyrics, or even your own love letters.
Not sure where to start? I've collected some great passages to help with your quest for the perfect ceremony readings!
Spiritual Readings: From The Good Life: Truths That Last in Times of Need
"Song of Songs"
I am my Beloved's
And he is mine
Come my beloved
Let us go forth into the field
And lodge in the villages
Let us go up early to the vineyards
Let us see whether the vine has budded
Whether the grape has opened
And the pomegranates are in bloom
There will I give thee my love
The mandrakes give forth fragrance
And at the door are all manner of precious fruits, new and old
Which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.
Spiritual Readings: From The Art of Power
The Buddha spoke about four elements that constitute true love:
the capacity to be kind and offer happiness, maitri in Sanskrit,
compassion, the capacity to relieve suffering, karuna;
the capacity to bring joy every day, mudita;
and finally, the capacity of non-discrimination, upeksha.
When there is true love, there is non-discrimination.
The pain of the other is our own pain;
the happiness of the other is our own happiness...
To make our love meaningful, we need to nourish our bodhicitta,
our mind of boundless love and compassion...
First, we learn to love one person with all our understanding and insight;
then we expand that love to embrace another person, and another,
until our love is truly boundless."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
Spiritual Readings: From Prayers for a Thousand Years
Is this love that rushes towards the rim to meet you,
a main thread in the inwardness of things?
Without it would the great externality loosen and unravel?
Is it our purpose to see and say that the world is good?
And could we have seen this and said it, beloved, while you seemed indubitable?
I do not know.
I stand with hands dangling empty at my sides.
I have no wisdom bequeathed to me by ancestors.
The stars are equivocal, and around me nature is in sorest travail, weeping.''I love you.“
This is the only sacred word in my keeping.
This is the last trace, the last print in our hearts' waste,
of the migration of a thousand traditions, a thousand embodiments of wisdom.
I stand with useless hands,and out of the transparency of my poverty,
I offer you this, my single gift.
-- Freya Matthews
Spiritual Readings Bread for the Journey
Many human relationships are like the interlocking fingers of two hands...
Human relationships are meant to be like two hands folded together.
They can move away from each other while still touching with the fingertips.
They can create space between themselves, a little tent, a home, a safe place to be.
True relationships among people point to God.
They are like prayers in the world.
Sometimes the hands that pray are fully touching, sometimes there is distance between them. They always move to and from each other, but they never lose touch.
They keep praying to the One who brought them together
-- Henri Nouwen