Catholic Wedding Readings

Scripture from the Old and New Testaments, Psalms, and the Gospels

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Catholic wedding readings come from the Rite of Marriage, the liturgy used by the Catholic Church for the sacrament of marriage. Along with music, vows, blessings, and communion, the service includes a reading from the Old Testament, a responsorial psalm, a reading from the New Testament, and a reading from the Gospel. (Now you know why Catholic ceremonies tend to be longer than others!) I've included the appropriate verses along with links to their full text below.

You might be disappointed to learn that you can't include your favorite poems, quotes, or other non-religious wedding readings. Remember that the entire Catholic wedding is part of the sacrament, and thus each portion must be prayer or scripture. Yet there are still many opportunities to include your favorite secular literature in your wedding programs or invitations, at your reception, or as part of your toasts.

Old Testament Wedding Readings

You can find the full text of the following readings and analysis of their meaning at Old Testament Readings.

  • Genesis 1:26-28, 31a Be fruitful and multiply
  • Genesis 2:18-24 It is not good that Man should be alone
  • Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67 The marriage of Isaac and Rebekah
  • Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you
  • Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7a (Also known as the Song of Solomon) Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away/Set me as a seal upon your heart
  • Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a I will make a new covenant
  • Tobit 8:4b-8 Grant that we may grow old together
  • Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16 Happy is the husband of a good wife
  • Tobit 7:6-14 May the Lord of heaven prosper you both

Catholic Wedding Responsorial Psalms

You can find​ the full text of these Psalms at contemporarycatholics.org

  • Psalm 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22 The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord
  • Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 I will bless the Lord at all times
  • Psalm 103:1-2, 8 and 13, 17-18a The Lord is kind and merciful
  • Psalm 112:1bc-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7b-8, 9 Happy are those who do what the Lord commands
  • Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 Happy are those who fear the Lord
  • Psalm 145:8-9, 10 and 15:17-18 The Lord is compassionate to all his creatures
  • Psalm 148:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-13a, 13c-14a Let all praise the name of the Lord

Catholic Wedding New Testament Wedding Readings

You can find the full text of the following readings and analysis of their meaning at New Testament Wedding Readings

  • Romans 8:31-35, 37-39 Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
  • Romans 12:1-2, 9-13 Present your bodies as a living sacrifice
  • Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-7, 13 Welcome one another, just as Christ has welcomed you
  • 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8a Love is patient; love is kind
  • Ephesians 5:2a, 25-32 Husbands, love your wives
  • Philippians 4:4-9 The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything
  • Colossians 3: 12-17 Above all, clothe yourselves with love
  • Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b Let marriage be held in honor by all
  • 1 John 3:18-24 Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action
  • 1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another
  • Revelation 19:1, 5-9 The marriage of the Lamb has come
  • Matthew 5:1-12a Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land
  • Matthew 5:13-16 You are the salt of the earth, You are the light of the world
  • Matthew 7:21, 24-29 A wise man built his house on rock
  • Matthew 19:3-6 What God has joined together, man must not separate
  • Matthew 22:35-40 You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart. You shall love your neighbor as yourself
  • Mark 10:6-9 The two shall become one flesh
  • John 2:1-11 A wedding in Cana in Galilee – the water becomes wine
  • John 15:9-12 Remain in my love
  • John 15:12-16 Love one another as I love you
  • John 17:20-26 So that they may all be one

Additionally, the Catholic lectionary includes two readings not included in my New Testament Wedding Readings.

 You can find the full text of these Gospel readings at foryourmarriage.org