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Couples interested in getting married at Sacred Heart should review the parish wedding guidlines. Wedding dates are added to the calendar when the proper guideline steps have been taken. Six months notice and preparation time is required. Any questions please call the Parish Office, 573-443-3470.
Liturgy of the Word
In the scripture readings proclaimed during Catholic weddings, we hear of God’s steadfast love for his people and of our call to make the whole of our lives a response to that love. It is a love story that began at creation and culminated in the death and resurrection of Jesus, God’s only beloved Son. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, the love of God poured out for us is made visible in the world. It is a love to which you will bear witness through the love you share as husband and wife.
After the scripture readings are proclaimed, the priest or deacon will deliver a homily based on the readings and on the Church’s theology of marriage. The purpose of the homily is to help everyone present better understand the Word of God in the context of the celebration of marriage.
It is Customary for the bride and groom to choose one reading form the Old Testament, a reading from the New Testament, and a reading from the Gospels.
Old Testament Readings
- Genesis 1:26-28, 31a
Male and female he created them.
- Genesis 2:18-24
The two of them became one body.
- Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67
In his love for Rebekah, Isaac found solace after the death of his mother.
- Tobit 7:6-14
May the Lord of heaven prosper you both. May he grant you mercy and peace.
- Tobit 8:4b-8
Allow us to live together to a happy old age.
- Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
She who fears the Lord is to be praised.
- Song of Songs 2:8-10, 14, 16a; 8:6-7a
Stern as death is love.
- Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16
Like the sun rising in the Lord’s heavens, the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home.
- Jeremiah 31:31-32a, 33-34a
I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
New Testament Readings
- Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
- Romans 12:1-2, 9-18 or 12:1-2, 9-13
Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.
- Romans 15:1b-3a, 5-7, 13
Welcome one another as Christ welcomed you.
- 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20
Your body is a temple of the Spirit.
- 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:8a
If I do not have love, I gain nothing.
- Ephesians 5:2a, 21-33 or 5:2a, 25-32
This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church.
- Philippians 4:4-9
The God of peace will be with you.
- Colossians 3:12-17
And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.
- Hebrews 13:1-4a, 5-6b
Let marriage be held in honor by all.
- 1 Peter 3:1-9
Be of one mind, sympathetic, loving toward one another.
- 1 John 3:18-24
Love in deed and in truth.
- 1 John 4:7-12
God is love.
- Revelation 19:1, 5-9a
Blessed are those who have been called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.
- Matthew 5:1-12a
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
- Matthew 5:13-16
You are the light of the world.
- Matthew 7:21, 24-29 or 7:21, 24-25
A wise man built his house on rock.
- Matthew 19:3-6
What God has united, man must not separate.
- Matthew 22:35-40
This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it.
- Mark 10:6-9
They are no longer two, but one flesh.
- John 2:1-11
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee.
- John 15:9-12
Remain in my love.
- John 15:12-16
This is my commandment: love one another.
- John 17:20-26 or 17:20-23
That they may be brought to perfection as one.