Readings for the Catholic Wedding

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For today’s post, we bring you suggestions for choosing the readings for your wedding mass. Many priests allow the bride and groom to choose the Bible readings for their friends or family  to read them during the ceremony, the following should be chosen:

  • First reading (from the Old Testament)
  • Responsorial Psalm
  • Second reading (from the NewTestament)
  • Gospel

The First and Second readings as well as the Psalm can be read by the guests and the Priest reads The Gospel.

Options for the first reading

A Reading from the Book of Genesis  2,18-24

The Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone.
I will make a suitable partner for him.”
So the Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air,
and he brought them to the man to see what he would call them;
whatever the man called each of them would be its name.
The man gave names to all the cattle, all the birds of the air, and all wild animals;
but none proved to be the suitable partner for the man.
So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man,
and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh.
The Lord God then built up into a woman the rib that he had taken from the man.
When he brought her to the man, the man said:
“This one, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh;
This one shall be called ‘woman,’
for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother
and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body.


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A Reading from the Book of Genesis  1, 26-28. 31a

Then God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
the birds of the air, and the cattle,
and over all the wild animals
and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.”
God created man in his image;
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, saying:
“Be fertile and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.


A Reading from the Book of Ruth  1, 16-17

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.

Options for Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 32 (33), 12 y 18. 20-21. 11.
“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”.

Blessed the nation whose God is the Lord,
the people he has chosen as his heritage.
Yes, the Lord’s eyes are upon those who fear him,
who hope in his merciful love
(R)The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord

Our soul is waiting for the Lord,
He is our help and our shield,
in him do our hearts find joy.
We trust in his holy name.
(R)The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord

May your merciful love be upon us,
as we hope in you, O Lord.
(R)The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord

Psalm 127 
“Blessed are those who fear the Lord”.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, and walk in his ways!
By the labor of your hands you shall eat.
You will be blessed and prosper.

(R) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Your wife like a fruitful vine in the heart of your house;
Your children like shoots of the olive. around your table.

(R) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Indeed thus shall be blessed the man who fears the Lord.
May the Lord bless you from Zion: all the days of your life!
May you see your children’s children.

(R) Blessed are those who fear the Lord.


Psalm 144 (145). 8-9. 10 y 15. 17. 18.
“How good is the Lord to all”.

The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in mercy.
How good is the Lord to all, compassionate to all his creatures.
(R) How good is the Lord to all.

All your works shall thank you, O Lord, and all your faithful ones bless you.
The eyes of all look to you and you give them their food in due season.
(R) How good is the Lord to all.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and holy in all his deeds.
The Lord is close to all who call him,
who call on him in truth.
(R) How good is the Lord to all.

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Options for Second reading

Rom. 15, 1b-3a, 5-7. 13

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:  We ought to put up with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves;
let each of us please our neighbor for the good, for building up.
For Christ did not please himself.
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another,
in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice
glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.


Cor. 7, 10-14.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to  to the Corinthi

                     To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband.                               But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband.                                                                                      And a husband must not divorce his wife.

To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If any brother has a wife who is not a believer and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.  And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband.

Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.


Cor. 12, 31-13, 8a.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to  to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way.

If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.

And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrong-doing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

Ephesians  5, 2a. 25-32.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

Brothers and sisters: Live in love, as Christ loved us
and handed himself over for us.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church
and handed himself over for her to sanctify her,
cleansing her by the bath of water with the word,
that he might present to himself the Church in splendor,
without spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
that she might be holy and without blemish.
So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his wife loves himself.
For no one hates his own flesh but rather nourishes and cherishes it,
even as Christ does the Church,
because we are members of his Body.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother
and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
This is a great mystery,
but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church.

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Options for The Gospel

Matthew 5, 13-16.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”


Matthew 6, 26-29.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.


Matthew 19, 3-6.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Some Pharisees approached Jesus, and tested him, saying, “Is it lawful  or a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?” He said in reply, “Have you not read that from the beginning
the Creator made them male and female and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh.
Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”


Matthew 22, 35-40.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

One of the Pharisees, a scholar of the law, tested Jesus by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”


John 2, 1-11.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told them, “Fill the jars with water.” So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from
(although the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
“Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.


John 15, 12-16.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves, because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.”


Are you looking for a church to celebrate your wedding? Check this post with a list of all the consagrated chapels in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Tulum! 

And while we are at it, see here how to make your own service book for your wedding. 

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