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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Wedding Readings

Photos by Sarah Q

Yipee! My friend, Whitney, got back to me about the readings from her wedding. As a member of the audience, I found myself really paying attention and listening to the words and concepts. They got me thinking a lot about the nature of love.

Here they are:
  • Reasons for Marrying - Charles Darwin
  • Union - Robert Fulghum
  • excerpts from True Love by Thich Nhat Hahn
  • Matthew 7: 7-8, 24-25
Here's a little glimpse:

"Training is needed in order to love properly; and to be able to give happiness and joy, you must practice DEEP LOOKING directed toward the other person you love. Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love. If you cannot understand, you cannot love. That is the message of the Buddha." - Thich Nhat Hahn

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Anita Vaughan said...

These are lovely readings - I especially appreciate the Darwin selection. Thanks for posting them!

Therese T. said...

Sara: where do I find Charles Darwin's Reasons for Marrying? Sounds cool. Jess and I are thinking of that step, and he's glad I read your blog instead of te usual celebrity wedding type whatever.

A Los Angeles Love said...

I really should learn not to read ceremony readings at work. It's unacceptable to get teary in the office. I love the Robert Fulghum text you linked to, and it captures my feeling about commitment and marriage perfectly.

Kelsey said...

Perfect timing, we need to start ceremony writing soon! I found this quote and really love it:

"There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage."
Martin Luther

I will have to investigate whether communion always applies to religion, might have to edit that out but otherwise I love it. Especially calling a good marriage good company, it's so true!

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ Therese: I tried to find it online but was unsuccessful. Whitney, if you're out there, will you give us a lead? Pretty please? It was really amusing and interesting.

Jaime Derringer said...

@ Therese & Sara: I found the Darwin list: http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?viewtype=side&itemID=CUL-DAR210.8.2&pageseq=1

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