Marriage

  Canticles
     
   
A Song of Solomon
 
     
    Refrain:
All
  Many waters cannot quench love;
neither can the floods drown it.
     
1
  Set me as a seal upon your heart, 
as a seal upon your arm;
     
2
  For love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave;  
its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame.
     
  3
  Many waters cannot quench love,  
neither can the floods drown it.
     
 4
  If all the wealth of our house were offered for love, 
it would be utterly scorned.    
   
cf Song of Solomon 8.6-7
     
    Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever.  Amen.
     
     
   
A Song of the Bride
 
     
    Refrain:      
All
  God makes righteousness and praise
blossom before all the nations.
     
1
  I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,  
my soul shall exult in my God;
     
2
  Who has clothed me with the garments of salvation,  
and has covered me with the cloak of integrity,
     
3
  As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,  
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
     
4
  For as the earth puts forth her blossom,  
and as seeds in the garden spring up,
     
5
  So shall God make righteousness and praise  
blossom before all the nations.
     
6
  For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,  
and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest,
     
7
  Until her deliverance shines out like the dawn,  
and her salvation as a burning torch.
     
  8
  The nations shall see your deliverance,  
and all rulers shall see your glory;
     
9
  Then you shall be called by a new name  
which the mouth of God will give.
     
10
  You shall be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord,  
a royal diadem in the hand of your God.     
   
Isaiah 61.10,11; 62.1-3
     
    Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever.  Amen.
     
     
   
Magnificat (The Song of Mary)
 
     
1
  My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
      my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;  
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
     
2
  From this day all generations will call me blessed;  
the Almighty has done great things for me
      and holy is his name.
     
3
  He has mercy on those who fear him,  
from generation to generation.
     
4
  He has shown strength with his arm  
and has scattered the proud in their conceit,
     
5
  Casting down the mighty from their thrones  
and lifting up the lowly.
     
6
  He has filled the hungry with good things  
and sent the rich away empty.
     
  7
  He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,  
to remember his promise of mercy,
     
8
  The promise made to our ancestors,  
to Abraham and his children for ever.      
   
Luke 1.46-55
     
    Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever.  Amen.
     
     
   
A Song of the Lamb
 
     
    Refrain:     
All
  Let us rejoice and exult
and give glory and homage to our God.
     
1
  Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 
whose judgements are true and just.
     
2
  Praise our God, all you his servants, 
all who fear him, both small and great.
     
3
  The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns: 
let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory.
     
4
  For the marriage of the Lamb has come  
and his bride has made herself ready.
     
  5
  Blessed are those who are invited  
to the wedding banquet of the Lamb.     
   
Revelation 19.1b,2b,5b,6b,7,9b
     
    To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb 
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
      for ever and ever.  Amen.