Wedding Song Kits
1 Corinthians 13,
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
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
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
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.
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
Corinthians 13 (New Testament psalm of love) - both short and long versions,
(faith chapter), and
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
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 -
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.
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 -
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