Church of Ireland Readings

There are some beautiful options for the readings in the ceremony and we have found some gems.  The readings are a selection of readings taken from the Church of Ireland Ceremony. Many of the readings from the different sections can be used in any of the Ceremonies but ensure that you discuss your reading choices with your rector for confirmation of their suitability. For additional music and reading options, please visit our  Church of Ireland page.

A Reading from First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 13:1-7

I may speak in tongues of men or of angels, but if I am without love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy, and know every hidden truth; I may have faith strong enough to move mountains; but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may dole out all I possess, or even give my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I am none the better. Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offence. Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over men’s sins, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, it’s hope and it’s endurance.

From the Book of Ruth

Where you go, I shall go. Wherever you live, so shall I live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Whenever you die, I shall die, and there I will be buried. There we shall be together forever and our love will be the gift of life.

Ecclesiastes 3 – A Time for Everything.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to refrain, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Romans 12:9-12

Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as Christian brothers and sisters, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.

Colossians 3:12-17

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help. Again, if two lie together, they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone? And though one might keep prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

A Creed to Live By

Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life, for without them life is meaningless.

Do not be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to one another. Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

The quickest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings. Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been but also where you are going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.

A Reading from Proverbs 3, verse 1-12

Psalm 121

I life up my eyes to the hills; from where is my help to come? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not suffer your foot to stumble; He who watches over you will not sleep. Behold, He who keeps watch over  Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord Himself watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand, so that the sun shall not strike you by day neither the moon by night.  The Lord shall keep you from all evil; it is He who shall keep your soul. The Lord shall keep watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time on for evermore. Amen. .

 

Gospel Readings

A Reading from Mark, Chapter 10, Verse  6-9 & 13-16

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female’. ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rubuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

A Reading from John, Chapter 15, Verse 9-12

As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

A Reading from John, Chapter 2, Verse 1-11

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

 

 

 

 

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True Love says: “You’ll never need anything; I’ll be there.”

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