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Sample Readings


A quick search on the internet will show you that there are hundreds to choose from. On this page you will find some examples of the sort of readings that can be used. The main thing is that you should choose something that is meaningful to you.

   

Today I Marry My Friend - Author unknown

Do not walk in front of me

I may not be able to follow

Do not walk behind me

I may not be able to lead

Just walk beside me

And be my friend


Today I marry my friend

The one I laugh and cry with

The one I have learned from

and shared with

The one I have chosen to support,

encourage and give myself to

Through all the days given to us to share.

Today I marry the one I love.


1 Corinthians 13: 1-8, 13

I might have all the eloquence of men or of angels, but if I speak without love

I am simply a gong booming or a cymbal clashing.

I could have the gift of prophecy and understand all the mysteries there are;

I could no everything and have faith in all its fullness, enough to move mountains,

But if I have no love I am nothing at all.

I could give away all I possess, even my own body

But if I am without love then I gain nothing

Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous nor boastful not conceited;

It is never rude nor selfish, it does not take offence and is not resentful.

Love takes no pleasure in other people's faults but delights in the truth;

it is always ready to forgive, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.

Love does not come to an end,

In fact, there are three things that last – faith, hope and love;

and the greatest of these is love.


The Art of Marriage – Wilfred A Peterson

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens.

A good marriage must be created. In marriage the little things are the big things.

It is never being too old to hold hands.

It is remembering to say "I love you" at least once a day.

It is never going to sleep angry.

It is at no time taking the other for granted;

the courtship should not end with the honeymoon, it should continue through the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.

It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow old.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner;

it is being the right partner.


EXCERPT FROM THE VELVETEEN RABBIT - By Margery Williams

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."