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1 Corinthians 13 (long version) 8:42
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (short) 2:13
Psalm 23 3:44
Psalm 34 3:45
Psalm 103 3:44
Psalm 121 3:45
       
 

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Wedding Song Kits

The songs 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a and Psalm 23 can be performed at weddings by purchasing wedding song kits.  A wedding song kit consists of sheet music and a 2 track CD with vocal and karaoke (background) versions of the song.  The sheet music and recorded music are in the same musical key.  This enables a performer(s) to sing either to their own musical accompaniment or a studio recorded backing CD.  Wedding song kits can be purchased from the Bible in Song Store with permission for performance at weddings without commercial intent.
 

1 Corinthians 13 (Short & Long Versions)

Two versions of the song 1 Corinthians 13 were recorded for the CD Faith, Hope and Charity.  The longer version contains the lyrics to the complete chapter and plays for 8 minutes 42 seconds.  All song lyrics are from the King James version of the Bible.  The shorter version contains only the more popular wedding lyrics of vs. 4-8a, and substitutes the word love for charity.  It plays for 2 minutes 13 seconds and would be an excellent selection for weddings. 
 

Psalm 23

The Lord's my Shepherd', based on Psalm 23 is a popular hymn for weddings. An even better selection may be Psalm 23, the most popular song purchased on this website.  This song plays for 3 minutes 44 seconds, an ideal length for wedding music. For more audio clips of Psalm 23 visit Bible Promises in Song.
 

Song of Solomon

Song of Solomon is a low budget CD album. However is very relevant to weddings. The Book was penned by Solomon, who was arguably the greatest lover and lyricist mentioned in the Bible. The complete Book of Song of Solomon is uniquely set to music with lyrics from the King James Version of the Bible.


Faith, Hope and Charity

The CD album Faith, Hope and Charity includes the songs 1 Corinthians 13 (New Testament psalm of love) - both short and long versions, Hebrews 11 (faith chapter), and Romans 8 (themes on hope and source of many Bible promises). 
 

A Great Chapter of the Bible

For many people, I Corinthians 13 is not only one of the Great Chapters of the Bible, it is, by far, the greatest chapter of the Bible. Because of its beautiful lyrical phrases in praise of love, it is frequently read, in whole or in part, at Christian weddings worldwide. But it's not merely the beautiful language that escalates this chapter to its lofty position; it's the subject matter it treats.


What Kind of love is Paul speaking of?

The love that Paul commends here is a particular kind of love. It isn’t the kind of love that we would recognize from the ways in which the word is commonly used, in popular songs and on greeting cards. This is not romantic love we’re talking about here, or even brotherly-sisterly love, but agape love, the kind of love God exhibits. The love that Paul commends here is not an emotion, but a form of life that is characterized by self-giving, that is, a Christ-shaped life. This explains the otherwise strange fact that Paul can go on at length about the gift of love and never once speak of it as an emotion. Instead, here love is described as a way of being and acting. And that way of acting is not soft, sentimental or in any way mushy. Rather, the love that Paul praises is strong enough and resilient enough that it does not need to assert itself, but rather is free to give of itself.6
 

Lyrics to 1 Corinthians 13

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.7
 

Lyrics to Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
 

References and notes

1.  Classical Wedding Music - http://www.new-wedding-traditions.com/album3.htm
2.  Music People Entertainment - http://www.musicpeoplellc.com/ceremony/ruth_myers.html
3.  Most Popular Wedding Songs - http://www.honeymooncruiseshopper.com/most-popular-wedding-songs.htm3. 
4. 
Love Divine: The Complete Guide to Music for a Church Wedding by: Various Composers - http://www.shopireland.ie/music/detail/B00004S1NH/Love-Divine:-The-Complete-Guide/
5.  The Church Music Site - http://www.cul.co.uk/music/wedding.htm
6.  Gifted in the ways of Love - http://www.wellesleyvillagechurch.org/sermons/copenhaver/2001/gifted_inthe_ways.htm
7.  King James Authorized Version
8.  Roman Catholicism Wedding Psalms - http://catholicism.about.com/cs/marriage/a/weddingpsalms.htm

 

 
Wedding Psalms
 
Psalm 33:12 and 18, 20-21, 22
Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Psalm 67
Psalm 103:1-2, 8 and 13, 17-18a
Psalm 112:12, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8, 9
Psalm 121
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Psalm 145:8-9, 10 and 15, 17-18
Psalm 148:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12ab, 12c-14a8
 

 

 

Classical Wedding Songs
 
A Little Night Music - W.A. Mozart
Air on a G String - J.S. Bach
Ave Maria - F. Schubert
Berceuse - Faure
Bridal Chorus, from Lohengrin - R. Wagner
Brandenburg No.3 - J.S. Bach
Cannon in D - J. Pachebel
Gloria in excelsis Deo, from Gloria - A Vivaldi
Greensleeves - English Traditional
Hallelujah Chorus, from Messiah - GF Handel
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S. Bach
Largo from Xerxes - G.F. Handel
Lord's Prayer - Malotte
Ode to Joy - L.V. Beethoven
Spring - A. Vivaldi
Trumpet Voluntary - J. Clarke
Vocalise - S. Rachmaninoff
Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night's Dream - F. Mendelssohn1,2
 

 

Popular Wedding Songs
 
Endless Love - Luther
For The First Time - Rod Stewart
How deep is your love - Bee Gees
I Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis or UB40
Just the way you are - Billy Joel
Lady - Kenny Rogers
Love me Tender - Elvis Presley
Love will Keep Us Alive - The Eagles
Power of Love - Jennifer Rush
Save The Best For Last -  Vanessa Williams
The Wedding Song - Peter, Paul & Mary
Tonight I Celebrate My Love -  Flack & Bryson
 Vandrosse & Mariah Carey
When A Man Loves A Woman - Mariah Carey
When I Fall In Love - Sleepless In Seattle - Theme
You Are So Beautiful To Me - Joe Cocker
You made me Love you - Al Jolson3
 

 

Wedding Hymns
 
All Creatures of Our God and King
All People that on Earth do Dwell
All Things Bright and Beautiful
Amazing Grace
Love Divine
Morning has broken
O Perfect Love
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
The King of Love My Shepherd is
The Lord's My Shepherd
Psalm 234,5
 

 

Wedding Religious Readings
 
Colossians 3:12-14
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Ephesians 5:21-33
Genesis 1:26-31
Genesis 2:18-24
Mark 10:6-9
Psalm 128:1-44,5
 

 

 
 
             
 

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