Friday, June 12, 2009

the wedding countdown

Eek! We have less than 4 months until the wedding! How did that happen? We've finished our invites and RSVP cards, which will be mailed out in the next week. We'll be meeting with the priest on Wed to discuss readings and plan out our ceremony.

Our choices (subject to approval):

First reading

Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16; 8:6-7
A reading from the Song of Songs.

Hark! my lover—here he comes
springing across the mountains,
leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
"Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,
and come!

"O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely."
My lover belongs to me and I to him;
[He said to me:]

Set me as a seal on your heart,
as a seal on your arm;
For stern as death is love,
relentless as the nether world is devotion;
its flames are a blazing fire.
Deep waters cannot quench love,
nor floods sweep it away.

The Word of the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm (I'm actually not to crazy about this particular psalm but have been told that it pairs well with the reading-- we'll see what the priest has to say)

Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Response (verse 1): Happy are those who fear the Lord.

Happy are you who fear the Lord,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
happy shall you be, and favored.

Response: Happy are those who fear the Lord.

Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.

Response: Happy are those who fear the Lord.

Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the Lord.
The Lord bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.

Response: Happy are those who fear the Lord.
Or (verse 4): See how the Lord blesses those who fear him.

Second Reading (It's beautiful, but over done so we'll be reading this in my partners mother tongue)

1 Corinthians 12:31-13, 8
A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

Set your hearts on the greater gifts. I will show you the way which surpasses all the others. If I speak with human tongues and angelic as well, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong, a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and, with full knowledge, comprehend all mysteries, if I have faith great enough to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If [ give everything I have to feed the poor and hand over my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous, it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth. There is no limit to love's forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure.

Love never fails.

The Word of the Lord.

Response: Thanks be to God.

Third Reading (I've picked this one because it reminds me of one of my favourite songs from Sunday school)

Matthew 5:13-16
Presider: The Lord be with you.
Response: And also with you.
Presider: A reading from the holy gospel according to Matthew.

Response: Glory to you, Lord.
Jesus said to his disciples: "You are the salt of the earth. But what if salt goes flat? How can you restore its flavor? Then it is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Men do not light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket. They set it on a stand where it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, your light must shine before men so that they may see goodness in your acts and give praise to your heavenly Father."

This is the gospel of the Lord.

Response: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Additional Reading (The priest has already agreed to add this to the ceremony)

On Marriage-- Kahlil Gibran
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

I'm actually a little scared now by how fast everything will happen now. But also really excited!

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