Reading Style

Reading from the Holy Gospel According to Matthew 19:3-6

Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and […]

1 John 4:12

12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Old Testament Reading Tobit 8:4b-8

A reading from the Book of Tobit On their wedding night Tobiah arose from bed and said to his wife,“Sister, get up. Let us pray and beg our Lord to have mercy onus and to grant us deliverance.”Sarah got up, and they started to prayand beg that deliverance might be theirs.They began with these words:“Blessed […]

Psalm 127 - A song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. 1 Unless the Lord builds the house,    the builders labor in vain.Unless the Lord watches over the city,    the guards stand watch in vain.2 In vain you rise early    and stay up late,toiling for food to eat—    for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves. 3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,    offspring a reward from him.4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior    are children born in one’s […]

John 2:1-11 - The Wedding at Cana

2 On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet […]

Nothing Else Matters, by Metallica

So close, no matter how farCouldn’t be much more from the heartForever trusting who we areAnd nothing else matters Never opened myself this wayLife is ours, we live it our wayAll these words I don’t just sayAnd nothing else matters Trust I seek and I find in youEvery day for us something newOpen mind for […]

Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver

Wild Geese | Mary OliverYou do not have to be good.You do not have to walk on your kneesfor a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.You only have to let the soft animal of your bodylove what it loves.Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.Meanwhile the world goes on.Meanwhile the sun and […]

Love Isn't Always Perfect

Love isn’t always perfect. It isn’t a fairytale or a storybook. And it doesn’t always come easy. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. It is a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, and impossible to live without. Love is work, but most of […]

Bright star, by John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art—         Not in lone splendour hung aloft the nightAnd watching, with eternal lids apart,         Like nature’s patient, sleepless Eremite,The moving waters at their priestlike task         Of pure ablution round earth’s human shores,Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask         Of snow upon the mountains and the moors—No—yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,         Pillow’d upon […]

Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments. Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds,or bends with the remover to remove:Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark. That looks on tempests and is never shaken;it is the star to every wandering bark,whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken. […]

Sweet Thing, by Van Morrison

And I will stroll the merry way and jump the hedges firstAnd I will drink the clear clean water for to quench my thirstAnd I shall watch the ferry-boats, and they’ll get highOn a bluer ocean against tomorrow’s sky And I will never grow so old againAnd I will walk and talk in gardens all […]

Too Late Now, by Jane Powell

Too late now to forget your smileThe way we cling when we’ve danced awhileToo late now to forget and go on to someone new Too late now to forget your voiceThe way one word makes my heart rejoiceToo late now to imagine myself away from you All the things we’ve done togetherI relive when we’re […]