Your Wedding Ceremony: Quotes, Poems and Reflections for After Communion
Choosing prayers and readings for your wedding day is no easy task as there are so many to choose from.
Not only do you have the main readings as well as the Gospel and the Prayers of the Faithful to decide on but you also have the After Communion Reflection to think about.
This part of the ceremony is not mandatory and some brides will decide to leave it out but for those of you who choose it, it can be really lovely and personal.
We have included some of the more popular quotes, poems and reflections that you can use for your After Communion Reflection at your wedding ceremony.
A Wedding Blessing
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home.
May the hand of a friend always be near.
May green be the grass you walk on.
May blue be the skies above you.
May pure be the joys that surround you.
May true be the hearts that love you.
Corinthians 13: 1-2, 4-7
Love knows no limits to its endurance,
No end to its trust,
No dashing of its hope,
It can outlast anything,
It is in fact the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.
Eskimo Love Song
You are my husband, you are my wife.
My feet will run because of you.
My feet dance because of you.
My heart shall beat because of you.
My eyes see because of you.
My mind thinks because of you.
And I shall love, because of you.
For Hearing My Thoughts
For hearing my thoughts,
understanding my dreams
and being my best friend,
For filling my life with joy
and loving me without end...
From this Day Forward - Robert Browning
From this day forward,
you shall not walk alone,
my heart will be your shelter
and my arms will be your home.
Grow old with me; the best is yet to be.
Grow old with me; the best is yet to be.
His Hello (from Sex & the City)
His hello was the end of her endings
Her laugh was the first step down the aisle
His hand would be hers to hold forever
His forever was a simple as her smile
He said she was what was missing
She said instantly she knew
She was a question to be answered
And his answer was, 'I do'.
How do I Love Thee? - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.
Remembrance(In loving memory of those who could not be with us to share our special day.)
For those we have loved and lost along the way,
a flame to remember them burns here today.
For the laughter, smiles and memories remain,
together today their presence sustains.
Never forgotten and loved forever more,
today their blessings flicker and soar.
Today I married my best friend
Today I married my best friend,
our bond complete it hath no end.
We share one soul, we share one heart,
a perfect time, a perfect start.
With these rings we share together,
love so close to last forever.
This special day, two special hearts,
let nothing keep this love apart.
Today I will marry
Today I will marry my best friend;
The one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love...
What made us friends in the long ago
What made us friends in the long ago
When first we met? Well, I think I know;
The best in me and the best in you
Hailed each other because they knew
That always and always since life began
Our being friends was part of God¹s plan.
When you fall in love... from Captain Corelli¹s Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake then it subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision; you have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you two should ever part, because this is what love is.
After Communion Wedding Ceremony Reflections
Masons, when they start upon a building,
are careful to test the scaffolding:
make sure that planks won't slip at busy points,
secure all ladders, tighten bolted joints.
And yet all this comes down, when the job's done,
showing off walls of sure and solid stone.
So if, my dear, there sometimes seem to be
old bridges breaking between you and me,
never fear. We may have let the scaffolds fall,
confident that we have built our wall.
Seamus Heaney, 'Scaffolding'
You are a man and woman of love. You bring to this wedding ceremony all that you are and all that has made you who you are: your families, your friends, your talents, your experience of life, your insights, and your wisdom. You bring your hopes and your dreams of what shared love might be.
In your love for each other we see the Spirit of Love and Life in human form and we rejoice in the wonderful ways each of you makes that Spirit visible to us. Be always the man and woman you are because that is what delights and attracts you and brings you together. It is also what we, your family and friends, delight in. But let there also be space and room for the other to grow as you form a bond this day that you may wish to be unending and unbreakable. May that bonding be joyful and gracious. May your love be overflowing and generous.
In all the years to come may you delightedly be (insert Bride and Groom's names)., wife and husband, strong and constant in love for each other, for your families and for your friends.
Michael Morwood, Praying a New Story
God in heaven above, please protect the ones we love.
We honour all you created as we pledge our hearts and lives together.
We honour Mother Earth and ask for our marriage to be abundant and grow stronger through the seasons.
We honour fire and ask that our union be warm and glowing with love in our hearts.
We honour wind and ask that we sail through life safe and calm as in our father's arms - that it may never thirst for love.
We honour water, to clean and soothe our marriage - that it may never thirst for love.
All the forces of the universe you created, we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow young together.
Now you feel no rain,
for each of you will be a shelter to the other.
Now you feel no cold,
for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now there is no loneliness,
for each of you will be a companion to the other.
You are two bodies,
but there is one life before you and one home.
When evening falls,
each will look up and the other will be there.
He'll take her hand; she will take his
and you'll turn together
To look at the road you travelled to reach this:
the hour of your happiness.
It stretches behind you, even as the future lies ahead,
a long and winding road, whose every turning
Old hopes, new laughter, shared fears.
Your adventure has just begun.
'The Apache Wedding Blessing'
When we love, we see things other people do not see.
We see beneath the surface to the qualities which make our beloved special and unique.
To see with loving eyes is to know inner beauty.
And to be loved is to be seen and known as we are known to no other. One who loves us gives us a unique gift;
A piece of ourselves, but a piece that only they could give us.
We who love can look at each other's life and say,
'I touched his life' or 'I touched her life'
just as an artist might say '1 touched this canvas'.
'Those brushstrokes in the corner of this magnificent mural, those are mine.'
'I was part of this life and it is a part of me.'
Marriage is to belong to each other through a unique and diverse collaboration,
like two threads crossing in different directions, yet weaving one tapestry together.
'So What Do We Mean by Love?'
If two are caring as they are sharing life's hopes and fears;
If music of laughter outweighs sadness and tears;
Marriage is togetherness.
If both derive pleasure from the mere presence of each other;
Yet when parted no jealousies restrict, worry or smother;
Marriage is freedom.
If achievements mean more when they benefit two;
And consideration is shown with each point of view;
Marriage is respect.
And if togetherness, freedom and respect are combined with a joy that words can never fully define, then marriage is love.
'Marriage Is Love'
Love is a temporary madness,
it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides,
and when it subsides you have to make a decision.
You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is.
Love is not breathlessness.
It is not excitement.
It is not the promulgation of eternal passion.
That is just being 'in love' which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground and when all the pretty blossom has fallen from their branches they find that they are one tree and not two.
Louis de Berniere, 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin'
If you can always be as close and happy as today
Yet be secure enough to grow and change along the way.
If you can keep for you alone your love as man and wife
Yet find the time to share your joy with others in your life.
If you can be as one and walk through marriage hand in hand,
Yet still support the goals and dreams that each of you have planned.
If you can dare to always go your separate ways together;
Then all the wonder of today will stay with you forever.
Always love each other.
And keep close to your heart the plans you've made
And the dreams you've seen come true.
Keep close to your heart the loving things each of you say and do.
Keep close to your heart
The memories of the happy times you've known
The caring and understanding times
And the way your love has grown.
And may you both treasure all these things, for they're such a special part of your union today, with the one you love, who will always be close to your heart.
Then Almitra spoke again and said, 'and what of marriage, master?' And he answered saying:
'You were born together and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, 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 the lute are alone although they quiver with the same music.
Giye your hearts but not into each other's keeping,
fof 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:
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), The Prophet
The love of God, unutterable and perfect,
flows into a pure soul the way that light
rushes into a transparent object.
The more love that it finds, the more it gives itself;
so that as we grow dear and open,
the more complete the joy of loving is,
and the more souls who resonate together, the greater the intensity of their love,
For, mirror-like, each soul reflects the other.
Dante (1265-1321), 'The Divine Comedy'
When two people are at one in their inmost hearts
they shatter even the strength of iron or of bronze
and when two people understand each other in their inmost hearts
their words are sweet and strong like the fragrance of orchids.
The I Ching (c.1000 BC), 'When Two People are at One'
If love is chaste, if pity comes from heaven,
If fortune, good or ill, is shared between
Two equal loves, and if one wish can govern
Two hearts, and nothing evil intervene:
If one soul joins two bodies fast for ever
And if, on the same wings, these two can fly,
And if one dart of love can pierce and sever
The vital organs of both equally:
If both love one another with the same
Passion, and if each other's good is sought
By both, if taste and pleasure and desire
Bind such a faithful love-knot, who can claim
Either with envy, scorn, contempt or ire,
The power to untie so fast a knot?
'The Sonnets of Michelangelo'
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
for the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely; as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely; as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
in my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith:
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
with my lost saints - I love thee with the breath,
smiles, tears of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), 'Sonnets from the Portuguese'
A good marriage must be created.
In a marriage the little things are the big things.
It is never being too old to hold hands.
It is remembering to say 'I love you' at least once a day.
It is never going to sleep angry.
It is at no time taking the other for granted.
The courtship should not end with the honeymoon.
It should continue through all the years.
It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.
It is a standing together facing the world.
It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.
It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.
It is speaking words of appreciation and demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.
It is not expecting the husband to wear a halo or the wife the wings of an angel.
It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humour.
It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.
It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.
It is finding room for the things of the spirit.
It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.
It is establishing a relationship in which the independence is equal, dependence is mutual and the obligation is reciprocal.
It is not only marrying the right partner.
It is being the right partner.
Wilfred A. Peterson, 'Art of Marriage'
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