Religious ceremony readings for your Paris wedding

Paris wedding ceremony at Chapelle Expiatoire officiated with religious readings

Incorporating religious ceremony readings into your Paris wedding can add a profound and meaningful layer as they reflect your beliefs, values and commitment to a higher purpose.

Reasons to incorporate religious ceremony readings

There are several reasons why you may wish to include a religious touch through readings:

  • The two of you share a common faith or spiritual connection. So incorporating religious ceremony readings are a way for you to express gratitude, seek blessings, and invite divine guidance into your journey together.
  • Only one of you is religious. So you both feel that an overall non-religious ceremony with just a subtle religious touch through a reading is the ideal approach to authentically represent both of your perspectives and values.
  • Your families hold strong religious beliefs. So even if your personal connection to faith may not be as profound (anymore), an overall secular ceremony with just a subtle religious touch through a reading, can be a way to stay true to yourselves, while honoring the significance of your families’ faith.

Who will perform your chosen ceremony reading?

There are basically two ways how we can incorporate the religious reading of your choice into your Paris wedding ceremony.

  • You could consider inviting your loved ones, a cherished family member or good friend sharing your faith, to perform a religious reading during your ceremony.
  • If involving guests doesn’t align with your vision for the day (whether due to not wanting to single out specific individuals, or allowing everyone to fully enjoy the celebration without additional responsibilities, or simply because public speaking might be uncomfortable) rest assured that as your marriage celebrant in Paris, I am more than happy to perform your chosen religious ceremony reading myself.

What are the types of religious ceremony readings?

There are two types of religious readings that we could incorporate into your Paris wedding ceremony:

  • Scripture readings: Scripture readings are passages from sacred texts (e.g. Bible, Koran, Tanakh, Vedas, Sutras, etc…) providing a deep connection to a specific faith and expressing specific religious traditions.
  • Prayers or blessings: Prayers or blessings add a more personal touch in order to seek divine guidance, express gratitude, or invoke blessings for the marital union. They also have the potential to be inclusive and embrace a diversity of beliefs and to unite people from different religious backgrounds in a shared sense of spirituality.
Parsi destination wedding at French chateau chapel with religious ceremony readings

1. Scripture readings

The Bible – Old Testament

Song of Solomon

My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away;
for now the winter is past,
the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle dove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away.’

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death,
passion fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
a raging flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.
If one offered for love
all the wealth of one’s house,
it would be utterly scorned.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ruth 1:16-17

But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”

The Bible – New Testament

The First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

(can be shortened to the middle paragraph!)

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking. Love is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always endures. Love never fail

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became asult, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 John 4:7-12

Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.

Colossians 3:12-17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

2. Prayers & Blessings

Prayer of Blessings I

Dear heavenly Father,
our hearts are filled with great happiness
on Bride & Groom’s wedding ceremony,
as they come before You pledging their hearts and lives to one another.

We ask Lord that as written in 1 Peter 4:8 that above all they will love each other deeply because love covers a multitude of sins.
Temper their hearts with kindness and understanding.
Help them to remember to be each other’s sweetheart, lover, friend, guide and confidant.

We pray that Bride & Groom’s will be completely humble and gentle,
let them be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Let them make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.
We pray that their life together and their home will truly be a place of love and harmony, where your spirit is ever present.

Your word says “what God had joined together let no one separate”.
Protect them Lord, don’t let anyone or anything
separate the love they have for each other.
Bless this union and walk beside Bride & Groom’s throughout all their lives together.

We ask these things in Jesus name
AMEN

Prayer of Blessings II

Heavenly Father, you have created joy and gladness, pleasure and delight, love, peace and fellowship. Pour out the abundance of your blessing upon Bride & Groom in their new life together.

Let their love for each other be a seal upon their hearts and a crown upon their heads. May they continue throughout their lives with an unquenchable love for each other.

Even as they pass through the storms of life that might threaten to subdue their love, may their passion for one another burn like a blazing fire. May their love grow like a mighty flame that can’t be stopped.

Preserve their lives and keep their feet from slipping as they follow you. Bless them in their work and in their companionship; awake and asleep, in joy and in sorrow, in life and in death.

Finally, in your mercy, preserve them into eternity with you. May your love enfold them, your joy sustain them, and your spirit empower them. 

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord
AMEN

Prayer of Blessings III

Gracious God, spirit of life and love, we ask all blessings upon Bride & Groom in their life together.

May they be blessed with patience,
to see them through times of tensions or conflict.
May they be blessed with kindness,
to enable them to nurture and care for one another in times of pain or sorrow.
May they be blessed with a spirit of play and joyfulness,
that they may participate fully in the beauties and pleasures of creation.
May they be blessed, finally, with a knowledge of the ever-flowing presence of love in the world,
that they may be channels of this love to one another and to all whom they meet in their life’s journey.

We ask these things in Jesus name
AMEN

Prayer of Blessings III

Gracious God, spirit of life and love, we ask all blessings upon Bride & Groom in their life together.

May they be blessed with patience,
to see them through times of tensions or conflict.
May they be blessed with kindness,
to enable them to nurture and care for one another in times of pain or sorrow.
May they be blessed with a spirit of play and joyfulness,
that they may participate fully in the beauties and pleasures of creation.
May they be blessed, finally, with a knowledge of the ever-flowing presence of love in the world,
that they may be channels of this love to one another and to all whom they meet in their life’s journey.

We ask these things in Jesus name
AMEN

Poem of Blessings

In good times and bad times, in sickness and health,

May they know that riches aren’t needed for wealth.

Help them face problems they’ll meet on their way -

God bless this couple who marry today.



May they find peace of mind comes to all who are kind,

May the rough times ahead become triumphs in time,

May their children be happy each day -

God bless this family who started today.



As they go, may they know every love that was shown,

And as life it gets shorter may their feelings grow.

Wherever they travel, wherever they stay,

God bless this couple who marry today.

The Prayer

by St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make us instruments of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, union;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, Grant that we may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
AMEN

The Strenght of Love

by Martin Luther King Jr.

The meaning of love is not to be confused with some sentimental outpouring. Love is something much more than emotional bosh …. An overflowing love which seeks nothing in return, [agape] is the love of God operating in the human heart …. Love is the most durable power in the world.
This creative force, so beautifully exemplified in the life of our Christ, is the most potent
instrument available in humankind’s quest for peace and security. The great military leaders of the past have gone, and their empires have crumbled and burned to ashes. But the empire of Jesus, built solidly and majestically on the foundation of love, is still growing.

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