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Most Ceremonies have at least one Reading, I encourage couples to involve either a relative or friend to do their chosen reading as people like to listen to someone they may know and it also makes your Ceremony more interesting. Your Reading will be done up on a laminated card and passed to the person doing the Reading when they are invited forward, they will also be handed a cordless microphone so as everyone can hear them (you do not have to have a Reading in your Ceremony)

Reading 1 

“It is one of life’s finest experiences when a relationship grows into a permanent bond of love.Such a meeting and such a growth, brings us together today.There is no greater gift than the love that makes two people one.And there is no greater indication of that love than the public commitment which unites two people as Husband and Wife.The union speaks of the great confidence by which people mutually rely upon, and believe in one another.In a world where commitment often falls short of our expectations, it is a wonderful tribute to Keiya and Graham to see them joining hands and hearts in perfect commitment” 

Reading 2

 “In friendship and in love, two people stand side by side, raise hands together, to find what one cannot reach alone. Keiya and Graham, you are about to make a promise to one another. Today, these Vows are beautiful words representing even more beautiful intentions. But you will find as you live these Vows over the years, investing your time and your love and your commitment to one another, the happy times of your life will be twice as joyous, because there will be someone to share those joys with.And when life gets tough, it will only be half as bad, because there will be someone by your side to help carry the burden.For those times when life presents all of us with challenge, remember that prayer for serenity.“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference”     

Reading 3 “When the One Who’s Heart Your Holding”By Ivy Linnette

"When the one whose heart you’re holding, is the one who holds your heart. When the one whose eyes you gaze in gives your hopes and dreams their start. When the one you think of first and last is the one who hugs you tight. And the things you plan together makes your whole world seem just right. When the one that you believe in puts their faith and trust in you, you’ve found the one and only love you’ll share for the rest of your life through”

Reading 4 

“It takes a Groom…it takes a Bride. Two people standing side by side. It takes a ring…and vows they say, this is your happy Wedding Day. But Marriage Vows are sanctified, and loving hearts are unified,When standing with the Bride and Groom, unseen by others in the room. The spirit of the Lord is there, to bless the happy Bridal pair.For God is Love and married life is richer for both man and wife.Where God becomes a partner too, in everything they plan and do.And every home is especially blessed, when God is made a daily guest,For married folks who pray together, are happy folks who stay together…Their love becomes a wondrous blending that’s both eternal and unending.And God looks down and says; “Well done, for now you two are truly one” 

Reading 5 “This Reading is taken from “Union”, by Robert Fulghum”

"Love, trust, and forgiveness are the foundations of marriage. In marriage, many days will bring happiness, while other days may be sad. But together, two hearts can overcome everything... In marriage, all of the moments won't be exciting or romantic, and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming. But together, two hearts that accept will find comfort together. Recollections of past joys, pains, and shared feelings will be the glue that holds everything together during even the worst and most insecure moments. Reaching out to each other as a friend, and becoming the confidant and companion that the other one needs, is the true magic and beauty of any two people together. It's inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling, and having faith in each other and not giving up... even when all the odds say to quit. It's allowing each other to be vulnerable, to be himself or herself, even when the opinions or thoughts aren't in total agreement or exactly what you'd like them to be. It's getting involved and showing interest in each other, really listening and being available, the way any best friend should be. Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of sharing, caring, and loving throughout life: love, trust, and forgiveness"

Reading 6 “A Bit of Advice”
 
Celebrant
 
“Graham, a bit of advice from me to you.
When you marry this beautiful woman, love her.
After you marry her, study her.
When she is blue, cheer her.
When she is talkative, by all means listen to her.
If she dresses well, compliment her.
When she is cross, humour her.
If she is jealous, cure her.
If she is lonely, comfort her.
When she looks pretty, tell her so.
Let her feel you understand her.
But never let her know that she is not the boss”
 
Celebrant
 
“Keiya, a bit of advice from me to you.
When you marry this handsome man, love him.
After you marry him, study him.
If he is secretive, trust him.
If he is sad, comfort him.
When he is talkative, listen to him.
When he is quarrelsome, ignore him.
If he is jealous, cure him.
If he feels naught for pleasure, coax him.
If he favours society, accompany him.
When he deserves it, kiss him.
Let him think you understand him.
But never let him know you manage him”
 
Reading 7
 
“Today begins your life together.
Your wedding day is such a beautiful gift
One of those very special moments that will shine forever in your hearts
It's the beginning of your life together.
A time of promise, of dreams and hopes
A time of love to flourish and grow,
A time of commitment to one another and to love
That is a special gift you've given each other.
May you be blessed with all the gifts of a happy marriage
May you always find joy in each other, and in the special love you share.
It is one of life's finest experiences when a friendship
grows into a permanent bond of love
There is no greater gift than the love that makes two people one”
 
Reading 8
 
“You are two people with but one life,
You are two hearts with but one beat,
You are two souls but with one love.
You are two people but shall share eternity.
Marriage has many words.
It is quietness and it is comfort.
It is brightness and it is delight.
It is seriousness and it is warmth.
Marriage has many words, but each is an expression of Love”
 
Reading 9 “The Art of Marriage”
 
“Happiness in Marriage is not something that just happens.
A good Marriage is created. In the Art of 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 finish with the honeymoon, it should continue through all 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 in 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 expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife to have wings of an angel. 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. It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is common search for the good and 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”
 
Reading 10
 
“Keiya and Graham,
today you are taking into your care and trust the happiness
of the one person in this world whom you love with all your heart.
And you are giving yourself, your life, and your love, into the hands of the one who loves you with all their heart. Always remember this,
to the whole world you are but one person, but to each other, you are the whole world. True love goes far beyond the feeling of excitement and romance. It is caring more about the wellbeing and happiness
of your Marriage partner than your own needs and desires.
And true love does not consist of gazing at each other,
but at looking outward together in the same direction.
You see, love makes burdens lighter because you divide them.
Love makes joys more intense because you share them.
Love makes you stronger so you can become involved with life
in ways you dare not risk alone. True love says you are better together than when you are apart. When you enter into Marriage,
you enter into life’s most important relationship.
It is a gift given to bring comfort when there is sorrow,
peace when there is unrest, laughter when there is happiness, and love when it is shared. But a successful Marriage is not something that just happens. It takes work, it takes understanding, and it takes time.
Most importantly it takes a commitment from both of you,
a commitment to do whatever it takes to make your relationship
thrive and not just survive”
 
Reading 11 “Foundations of a Marriage” by Regina Hill

Love, Trust, and Forgiveness are the foundations of marriage.
In marriage, many days will bring happiness, while other days may be sad. But together, two hearts can overcome everything. In marriage, all of the moments won’t be exciting or romantic, and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming. But together, two hearts that accept will find comfort together. Recollections of past joys, pains, and shared feelings will be the glue that holds everything together during even the worst and most insecure moments. Reaching out to each other as a friend, and becoming the confidant and companion that the other one needs, is the true magic and beauty of any two people together. It’s inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling, and having faith in each other and not giving up, even when all the odds say to quit. It’s allowing each other to be vulnerable, to be himself or herself, even when the opinions or thoughts aren’t in total agreement or exactly what you'd like them to be. It’s getting involved and showing interest in each other, really listening and being available, the way any best friend should be. Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of sharing, caring, and loving throughout life: Love, Trust, and Forgiveness.
And when you allow God to be part of the equation then these three things will contribute to a greater bonding”
 
Reading 12
 
“Today is a day you will always remember, the greatest in anyone’s life.
You’ll start off the day just two people in love,
and end it as Husband and Wife.
It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be times when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure.
You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When secrets of Marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken
So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes
From the moment you whisper ‘I do’
And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts”
 
Reading 13 “Foundations Of Marriage” by Regina Hill
 
"Love, trust, and forgiveness are the foundations of marriage. In marriage, many days will bring happiness, while other days may be sad. But together, two hearts can overcome everything... In marriage, all of the moments won't be exciting or romantic, and sometimes worries and anxiety will be overwhelming. But together, two hearts that accept will find comfort together. Recollections of past joys, pains, and shared feelings will be the glue that holds everything together during even the worst and most insecure moments. Reaching out to each other as a friend, and becoming the confidant and companion that the other one needs, is the true magic and beauty of any two people together. It's inspiring in each other a dream or a feeling, and having faith in each other and not giving up... even when all the odds say to quit. It's allowing each other to be vulnerable, to be himself or herself, even when the opinions or thoughts aren't in total agreement or exactly what you'd like them to be. It's getting involved and showing interest in each other, really listening and being available, the way any best friend should be. Exactly three things need to be remembered in a marriage if it is to be a mutual bond of sharing, caring, and loving throughout life: love, trust, and forgiveness"

Reading 14 From"The Irrational Season" by Madeleine L'Engle 

"Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough"  

Reading 15 “Love Is Friendship Caught Fire” by Laura Hendricks
 
"Love is friendship caught fire; it is quiet, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection, and makes allowances for human weaknesses. Love is content with the present, hopes for the future, and does not brood over the past. It is the day-in and day-out chronicles of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories, and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you do not have it, no matter what else there is, it is not enough"

Reading 16 “Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce

 “If I could save time in a bottle, the first thing that I'd like to do, is to save every day ‘till eternity passes away, just to spend them with you. If I could make days last forever; if words could make wishes come true; I'd save every day like a treasure and then, again, I would spend them with you. If I had a box just for wishes, and dreams that had never come true; the box would be empty, except for the memory of how they were answered by you. But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you find them. I've looked around enough to know that you're the one I want to go through time with”

Reading 17 “Looking For Your Face” by Rumi 

There is no greater happiness than that of sharing life,
With all its joys, and all its cares, as a loving man and wife. 
For love gives life new meaning, and has a special way 
Of growing stronger, and deeper, with every passing day. 
Yes, life is so much happier and brighter when you're sharing 
The very special joys that come with loving and giving and caring.  

Reading 23  The Journey 

Two friends decided to journey together towards a common destination. Before they began their journey they share their expectations as follows: There will be days, my friend, when one will want to walk along the mountain path, whilst the other may prefer the valley, but we will come together at the end of the day and share our experiences. There will be days when one will want to sing and dance, whilst the other will prefer to travel in quietness, so we will choose different paths, but we will meet at the close of the day and be content with our experiences. There will be days when one may want to rest, whilst the other may want to move further along the path, but at the right time we will come together and be happy that each has fulfilled their own needs. There will be days when we shall travel together as one. If we can respect the other's need whilst still fulfilling our own, then our journey will be an experience to rejoice in. 

Reading 24 Eskimo Love Song, Author Unknown

You are my husband
My feet shall run because of you
My feet shall dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes see because of you
My mind thinks because of you
And I shall love because of you.You are my wife
My feet shall run because of you
My feet shall dance because of you
My heart shall beat because of you
My eyes see because of you
My mind thinks because of you
And I shall love because of you   

Reading 25 Beach Wedding Poem

Standing beside this oceans tide,
May your love always be constant & unchanging,
Like these never-ending waves pouring beneath our feet, 
Flowing endlessly from the depths of the sea; 
Love came softly upon your hearts,
Just like foam comes softly upon sand, 
And just as there will never be a morning without this ocean's flow,
So there will never be a day without your love for one other,
As today you pledge yourselves together forever.
This love will be unchanging - dependable like the tides; 
Waters nourish the earth and sustain life,
So to may your constant devotion nourish and sustain one other
Until the end of time.  

Reading 26 Poem by Rumi (Sufi poet) Albert Schweitzer 

"A successful marriage is one where each partner discovers that it is better to give love than to receive it. To truly love another person is to wish that person to develop and flourish in his or her own terms. In a long marriage there will be joy and laughter, but also sadness and sorrow, harmony and discord, as you strive to overcome adversity and fulfil your dreams. The key value of wedlock is that it allows for intimacy between a woman and a man, who can enjoy each other's company, share ideals and expectations, confess failures and admit defeats to each other, and yet realize in union the qualities of the good life. As you build your home, embark upon careers, and raise a family, your marriage can become a work of art in which both of you together give it line and form, colour and tone. You will be challenged every day and in every way to make your marriage work. If you do, it can become a thing of beauty, a joint creation of aesthetic" 

Reading 27 To the one I love

The perfect couple does not work
at stressful jobs all day.
They never have to juggle things
or rush in any way.
The perfect couple doesn't have debts
Their bills are promptly paid.
They have the funds left over
To employ a live-in maid.
The perfect couple doesn't have cars
Or homes that need repairs.
They only feast on dinners
That a gourmet chef prepares!
The perfect couples goes through life
Without much grief or fuss.
I guess it's pretty clear
That couple doesn't sound like us!
We work, we spend, we juggle time…..
That's our reality….
But I share my life with you,
And that's the perfect life for me!  

Reading 28 Apache blessing Anon

May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries
And the breeze blow new strength into your being,
And all of the days of your life may you walk
Gently through the world and know its beauty.  

Reading 29 From this day forward Anon

From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.  

Reading 30 Guide for a loving home Anon

May we treat one another with respect, honesty and care. 
May we share the little discoveries and changes each day brings. 
May we try always to be sensitive to one another’s joys, sorrows, 
needs and changing moods, and realize that being a loving family means 
sometime not understanding everyone all the time but being there to love 
and help them just the same.

Reading 31
 Happiness

Happiness is to be found among life’s common things. It is not great wealth, great learning, great genius or great power; it is not these things that make the possessors happy. It is health, friendship, love at home; it is the voices of children, it is sunshine. It is the blessings that are commonest, not those that are the rarest. 

Reading 32 I knew that I had been touched by love Anon

I knew that I had been touched by love the first time I saw you,
and I felt your warmth, and I heard your laughter.
I knew that I had been touched by love
when I was hurting from something that happened,
and you came along and made the hurt go away.
I knew that I had been touched by love
when I quit making plans with my friends,
and started dreaming dreams with you.
I knew that I had been touched by love
when suddenly I stopped thinking in terms of “me”,
and started thinking in terms of “we”.
I knew that I had been touched by love
when suddenly I couldn’t make any decisions by myself anymore,
and I had the strong desire to share everything with you.
I knew that I had been touched by love
the first time we spent alone together,
and I knew I wanted to stay with you forever
because I had never felt this touched by love.

Reading 33
 Irish blessing Anon 

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home
And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you. 

Reading 34  Love’s hidden treasure Anon

Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines, and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favorite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams.

Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all - one known only by those who love.

Reading 35
 Love is giving Anon

Love is giving, not taking,
Mending, not breaking,
Trusting, believing,
Never deceiving,
Patiently bearing
And faithfully sharing
Each joy, every sorrow,
Today and tomorrow.

Love is kind, understanding,
But never demanding.
Love is constant, prevailing,
Its strength never failing.
A promise once spoken
For all time unbroken,
A lifetime together,
Love’s time is for ever.

Reading 36
 Love is life’s end Anon

Love is life’s end (an end, but never ending) 
All joys, all sweets, all happiness awarding; 
Love is life’s wealth
(ne’er spent, but ever spending),
More rich by giving, taking by discarding; 
Love’s life’s reward, rewarded in rewarding; 
Then from thy wretched heart 
Fond care remove;
Ah, should thou live but once
Love’s sweets to prove.
Thou wilt not love to live unless
Thou live to love.  
    
Reading 37  Marriage is …Anon

Marriage is a dynamic process of discovery.
Marriage is a journey, not an arrival.
In marriage, being the right person is as important as finding the right person. Marriage is starting to love, over and over again. Marriage is a life’s work. Marriage is an art...and like any creative process, it requires active thought and effort. We have to learn how to share on many different levels. We need to practice talking from the heart, and understanding attitudes as well as words. Giving generously and receiving graciously are talents that are available to anyone. But these skills need to be developed, if the marriage picture that we paint is to be anything like the masterpiece intended. 

Reading 38 Marriage is a commitment Anon

Marriage is a commitment to take that joy deep, deeper than happiness, deep into the discovery of who you most truly are. It is a commitment to a spiritual journey, to a life of becoming - in which joy can comprehend despair; running through rivers of pain into joy again. Thus marriage is even deeper than commitment. It is a covenant - a covenant that says: I love you - I trust you - I will be here for you when you are hurting, and when I am hurting I will not leave. It is a covenant intended not to provide a haven from pain or anger or sorrow. Life offers no such haven. Instead, marriage is intended to provide a sanctuary safe enough to risk loving; to risk living and sharing from the center of oneself. This is worth everything.

Reading 39
 May your home Anon

May your home be filled with laughter 
and the warm embrace of a summer day. 
May you find peacefulness and beauty, 
challenge, and satisfaction, humor and insight, 
healing and renewal, love and wisdom, 
as in a quiet heart. 
May you always feel that what you have is enough. 

Reading 40
 On your wedding day Anon

Today is a day you will always remember
The greatest in anyone’s life
You’ll start off the day just two people in love
And end it as Husband and Wife.
It’s a brand new beginning, the start of a journey
With moments to cherish and treasure
And although there’ll be times when you both disagree
These will surely be outweighed by pleasure.
You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past
When the secrets of marriage were spoken
But you know that the answers lie hidden inside
Where the bond of true love lies unbroken.
So live happy forever as lovers and friends
It’s the dawn of a new life for you
As you stand there together with love in your eyes 
From the moment you whisper ‘I do’.
And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real
May success find its way to your hearts
Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys
But today is the day it all starts.

Reading 41
 The key to love Anon

The key to love is understanding...
The ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures, the little things that say so much by themselves. The key to love is forgiveness...to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes, without forgetting, but with remembering
what you learn from them.

The key to love is sharing...
Facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together;
both conquering problems, forever searching for ways
to intensify your happiness.

The key to love is giving...without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile, and by giving in but never giving up.

The key to love is respect...realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas; that you don’t belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.

The key to love is inside us all...It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients that will take you to its threshold; it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work... but the rewards are more than worth the effort...and that is the key to love.

Reading 42
 These I can promise Anon

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine;
I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold;
I cannot promise you an easy pathway
That leads away from change or growing old.
But I can promise all my heart’s devotion;
A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;
A love that’s ever true and ever growing;
A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

Reading 43
 This day I married my best friend Anon

This day I married my best friend
... the one I laugh with as we share life’s wondrous zest,
as we find new enjoyments and experience all that’s best.
... the one I live for because the world seems brighter
as our happy times are better and our burdens feel much lighter.
... the one I love with every fibre of my soul.
We used to feel vaguely incomplete, now together we are whole. 

Reading 44
 True love Anon

True love is a sacred flame
That burns eternally,
And none can dim its special glow
Or change its destiny.
True love speaks in tender tones
And hears with gentle ear,
True love gives with open heart
And true love conquers fear.
True love makes no harsh demands
It neither rules nor binds,
And true love holds with gentle hands
The hearts that it entwines.

Reading 45
 Untitled Anon


A portion of your soul has been entwined with mine.A gentle kind of togetherness, while separate we stand. As two trees deeply rooted in separate plots of ground, while their topmost branches come together, forming a miracle of lace against the heavens

Reading 46 What is love? Anon

Love is not just looking at each other and saying `You’re wonderful’.There are times when we are anything but wonderful.Love is looking out in the same direction. It is linking our strength to pull a common load. It is pushing together towards the far horizons, hand in hand. Love is knowing that when our strength falters, we can borrow the strength of someone who cares. Love is a strange awareness that our sorrows will be shared and made lighter by sharing; that joys will be enriched and multiplied by the joy of another. Love is knowing someone else cares that we are not alone in life.
 
Reading 47 A marriage prayer by Bud Henry Bowen

As we begin our journey down the road of life together. We don’t know what lies ahead for the road turns and bends. But help us to make the best of whatever comes our way. Help us to hug each other often … laugh a lot, talk more, and argue less. Help us to continue to enjoy each other as we did when we first met. Help us to realize that nothing or no one is perfect and to look for the good in all things and all people including ourselves. Help us to respect each other’s likes and dislikes, opinions and beliefs, hopes and dreams and fears even though we may not always understand them. Help us to learn from each other and to help each other to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Help us to realize that there is design and purpose in our lives as in the world and no matter what happens to us we will hold on to each other and know that things have a way of working out for the good. Help us to create for our children a   peaceful, stable home of love as a foundation on which they can build their lives. But most of all, help us to keep lit the torch of love that we now share in our hearts to that by our loving example we may pass on the light of love to our children and to their children and to their children’s children   forever.
 
Reading 48 Grow old along with me by Robert Browning

Grow old along with me!The best is yet to be,The last of life, for which the first was made:Our times are in his hand. Who saith, “A whole I planned,Youth shows but half; trust God:see all, nor be afraid!”  

Reading 49 Come walk with me by Judith Calver

Come walk with me, my love, along the paths of life and keep up by my side, my love. As we walk the paths of life, stop for a while with me, my love. The path is growing steep, we’ll sit by the pool of life, my love, where the waters are so deep. We’ll follow the stream of life from whence it flows and seek its very source. Follow the stream of life, my love, we’ll follow the stream of life. Come climb these rocks with me, my love, and help me along the way. and together we’ll reach the top, my love. We’ll stand at the very top look down on the world with me, my love. Look down on this world of ours.We walked through life together, my love, Together we passed the hours and we’ll continue walking onwards through life’s more peaceful paths. 

Reading 50 The gift of love  by Judith Calver

Love is perfect tenderness,A glance, a certain smile. Love is understanding and forgiving others too. Love lies within us all if we allow it to, and perfect love encompasses each thing that we can do. Love is simple yet complex; It’s selfless and extreme. Yet love is adoration and can also reign supreme. Love can be unrequited and this love causes pain. But when love is returned in full Our spirits rise again.The love we share throughout our lives With someone by our side is one of such perfection. It cannot be described. So when we have this gift of love be thankful every day and always find within your life a moment to convey the way you feel about the love you hold within your heart. For it isn’t there for everyone but a gift that is set apart. 

Reading 51 Love’s recipe by Judith Calver

Take a pinch of lovers’ dreams add a tender smile or two. One spoonful of tenderness and wishes fond and true. Throw in faithfulness and trust, simmer a decade or two.Then serve as loving friendship. To last a lifetime through.

Reading 52 Steven Curtis Chapman

If in the morning when you wake, If in the dark we lose sight of love, hold my hand and have no fear, I will be here. I will be here. When you feel like being quiet, when you need to speak your mind I will listen.Through the winning, losing, and trying we’ll be together and I will be here. If in the morning when you wake, if the future is unclear, I will be here. As sure as seasons were made for change, our lifetimes were made for years, I will be here. I will be here. And you can cry on my shoulder, when the mirror tells us we’re older.

Reading 53 Love by Roy Croft

I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love you, not only for what you have made of yourself, but for what you are making of me. I love you for the part of me that you bring out. I love you for putting your hand into my heaped-up heart and passing over all the foolish, weak things that you can’t help dimly seeing there.
And for drawing out into the light all the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite far enough to find. I love you because you are helping me to make of the lumber of my life not a tavern but a temple; out of the works of my every day not a reproach but a song. 
I love you because you have done more than any creed could have done to make me good, and more than any fate to make me happy. 
You have done it without a touch, without a word, without a sign. 
You have done it by being yourself. 
Reading 54 I promise by Dorothy Colgan
  
I promise to give you the best of myself and to ask of you no more than you can give. I promise to respect you as your own person and to realize that your interests, desires and needs are no less important than my own. I promise to share with you my time and my attention and to bring joy, strength and imagination to our relationship. I promise to keep myself open to you,to let you see through the window of my world into my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams. I promise to grow along with you,to be willing to face changes in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, with all I have to give and all I feel inside in the only way I know how. Completely and forever.  

Reading 55 Today I married my best friend by Rachel Elizabeth Cooper

Today I married my best friend,
Our bond complete, it hath no end,
We share one soul, we share one heart,
A perfect time - a perfect start. 
With these rings we share together,
Love so close to last forever,
This special day - two special hearts,
Let nothing keep this love apart. 

Reading 56 Freedom within marriage
by Madeleine L’Engle from The Crosswick Diaries 

If we commit ourselves to one person for life this is not, as many people think, a rejection of freedom; rather, it demands the courage to move into all the risks of freedom, and the risk of love which is permanent; into that love which is not possession but participation... When love is not possession, but participation, then it is part of that co-creation which is our human calling ... If our love for each other really is participatory, then all other human relationships nourish it; it is inclusive, never exclusive.

Reading 57 "I Promise You"

I can't promise you that dark clouds will not hover over our lives or that the future will bring us many rainbows. I can't promise you that tomorrow will be perfect or that life will be easy. I can promise you my everlasting devotion, my loyalty, my respect, and my unconditional love for a lifetime. I can promise that I'll always be here for you, to listen and to hold your hand, and I'll always do my best to make you happy, and make you feel loved. I can promise that I'll see you through any crisis, and pray with you, dream with you, build with you and also cheer you on and encourage you. I can promise that I'll willingly be your protector, your adviser, your counselor, your friend, your family, your everything. I promise you.

Reading 58 I belong in your arms - by Deborah Bridea

I belong in your arms. Finally, I have found a place into which I fit perfectly, safely and securely with no doubts, No fears, no sadness, no tears. This place is filled with happiness and laughter, yet it is spacious enough, to allow me the freedom to move around, to live my life and be myself. This wonderful place, which I never believed really existed, I have found finally inside your arms, inside your heart, inside your love.

Reading 59 “Maybe”

Maybe…We are supposed to meet the wrong people before
we will know how to be grateful for that gift.
got until we lose it, but it is also true that we do not
Maybe… the happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. Maybe…the best kind of love is the kind where you can sit on a sofa together, never say a word, and then walk away feeling like it
Maybe…you shouldn’t go for looks; they can deceive.
Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only
Maybe…love is not about finding the perfect person; it’s about learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. When you do what you can, love will do what you can’t.

Reading 60 by Amanda McLeod

The sweetest story that has ever been told. 
Lies in the slim little band of gold... Joining two people as husband and wife. To share the joys and sorrow of life
For richer or poorer-through sickness and health.
Your marriage can yield a wonderful wealth. 
Of memories to treasure and hopes to renew,
it's all part of a promise made by two. 
With faith in each other and love as your guide,
as long as forever you'll walk by his side
And the shinning reminder of how much you care.
Will be in the little gold band, that you wear.

Reading 61 From This Day Forward

From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home. 

Reading 62 Sonnet 43 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1850)

How do I love thee?
Let me count the way. I love thee to the depth and breadth
and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight.
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s most quiet need, by sun and 
candle-light. love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee with the passion put to use in my old griefs,
and with my childhood faith.
I love thee with a love I seem to lose.
With my lost saints…I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Reading 63 I Am Love

Some say I can fly on the wind, yet I haven’t any wings. Some have found me floating on the open sea, yet I cannot swim. Some have felt my warmth on cold nights, yet I have no flame.
And though you cannot see me, I lay between two lovers at the hearth of fireplaces. I am the twinkle in your child’s eyes. I am hidden in the lines of your mother's face. I am your father's shield as he guards your home.
And yet… Some say I am stronger than steel, yet I am as fragile as a tear. Some have never searched for me, yet I am around them always. Some say I die with loss, yet I am endless.
And though you cannot hear me, I dance on the laughter of children. I am woven into the whispers of passion. I am in the blessings of Grandmothers. I embrace the cries of newborn babies.
And yet… Some say I am a flower, yet I am also the seed. Some have little faith in me, yet I will always believe in them. Some say I cannot cure the ill, yet I nourish the soul. And though you cannot touch me, I am the gentle hand of the kind. I am the fingertips that caress your cheek at night. I am the hug of a child. I am love.

Reading  64

Blessed be this union with the gifts of the East and the element of Air, for openness and breath, communication of the heart, and purity of the mind and body. From the east you receive the gift of a new beginning with the rising of each Sun, and the understanding that each day is a new opportunity for growth.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the South and the element of fire, for energy, passion, creativity and the warmth of a loving home.
which you will share with one another in even the darkest of times.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the West, the element of water,
which provides sustenance, fertility and security.
to which you may always return.

Reading 65 The Magic of Love by Helen Steiner Rice

Love is like magic, and it always will be, For love still remains life's sweet mystery. Love works in ways that are wondrous and strange, And there's nothing in life that love cannot change! Love can transform the most commonplace Into beauty and splendor and sweetness and grace. Love is unselfish, understanding and kind, For it sees with its heart, and not with its mind. Love is the answer that everyone seeks; Love is the language that every heart speaks. Love can't be bought, it is priceless and free. Love, like pure magic, is life's sweet mystery!!

Reading 66Extract from The Hungering Dark by Frederick Buechner

Matrimony is called holy, because this brave and fateful promise of a man and a woman, to love and honor and serve each other through thick and thin, looks beyond itself to more fateful promises still, and speaks mightily of what human life at its most human and most alive and most holy must always be. Every wedding is a dream, and every word that is spoken there means more than it says, and every gesture - the clasping of hands, the giving of rings - is rich with mystery. And so it is that we hope with every bride and groom, that the love they bear one another, and the joy they take in one another, may help them grow in love for this whole world where their final joy lies.

Reading 67

Marriage is a commitment to life - to the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for sharing and growth that no other human relationship can equal, a joining that is promised for a lifetime. Within the circle of its love, marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships. A wife and a husband are each other's best friend, confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic. There may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing, and the love of the other may resemble the tender caring of a parent for a child. Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life. Happiness is fuller; memories are fresher; commitment is stronger; even anger is felt more strongly, and passes away more quickly. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes life is unable to avoid. It encourages and nurtures new life, new experiences, and new ways of expressing love through the seasons of life. When two people pledge to love and care for each other in marriage they create a spirit unique to themselves, which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise, a potential, made in the hearts of two people who love, which takes a lifetime to fulfil.  Edmund O'Neill

Reading 68The Voyage of Commitment: 

The voyage of commitment is never made alone; we cannot be committed only to ourselves or we will die. We must ask whether we call give ourselves to another, or to others not knowing the changes that time, bad luck, and sickness may work on them .You have to give more than this in real love, and be ready to move into darkness, illness and loss of beauty, if you care at all about someone else. We stand on sacred ground when we stand close enough to another to give ourselves without strings, conditions, or codicils written into our commitments. Are such commitments possible? How can we tell unless we have given ourselves to another, made our heart vulnerable, in order to achieve a sense of life which is deeper than the trembling moment and its dreadful ticking uncertainties.

Reading 69 These I can promise 

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine; I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold; I cannot promise you an easy pathway that leads away from change or growing old. But I can promise all my heart's devotion; a smile to chase away your tears of sorrow; a love that's ever true and ever growing; a steady hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.  

 
Reading 70 Mark Twain

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, and quick to make friends. But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness, from this day forward.
Cherish your union and love more each day than you did the day before. Trust and respect each other, laugh and cry with each other, love faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles you may face together. Give your hand, your heart, your soul and your love, from this day forward for as long as you both shall live.

Reading 71 True Love Defined by Cori and Jason Kupisch (an original poem written by this couple and read at their wedding on 9-27-08)
 
True love involves admiring one
Despite their many flaws
Cherishing their talents
Accepting their faux pas
 
They love each other’s boisterous laugh
And silly sense of humor
They love each other’s intellect,
And calm hippie-like demeanor
 
They each love the others conversation
Their patience, integrity and strength
They love how the other challenges them
To go to every length
 
Though neither one is perfect
They pick up each other’s slack
And make up for each perfection
That the other person may lack
 
Forgiving with great ease
Because they both know
There is so much to love
And much more time to grow
 
All that said and done
I am sure you would admit
That their love is truly complete and enduring
They are each other’s perfect fit.
  
Reading 72

"The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we see in them."
by Thomas Merton 
 
Reading 73 "A Lifetime of Love" Author Unknown

"The most ideal expression of love is the joining in spirit of two people whose hearts are as one.
'Love……' A word that promises so many happy tomorrows, That gives meaning to everyday moments of sharing …..That strengthens and supports in difficult times…..That makes a commitment that never ends. Today is the beginning of a whole new life together …A life of special moments, shared with love….Today is the beginning of countless bright tomorrows…..
Filled with all the special dreams you are dreaming of.  May the happiness you have found together be yours throughout a lifetime of love"
 
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