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44 Ceremony Readings You’ll Love

Trying to pin down the right ceremony readings can definitely be overwhelming. You're looking for just the right words to reflect both your feelings and your personalities, and your readings can set the tone for your ceremony, be it playful or tearful. Great resources include religious texts, poetry and plays, historical literature, children's books, movie lines, song lyrics, or even your own love letters. Not sure where to start? We've collected some great passages to help with your quest for the perfect ceremony readings.

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Wedding ceremony reading from The Art of Power
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Spiritual Readings: From The Art of Power

"The Buddha spoke about four elements that constitute true love: the capacity to be kind and offer happiness, maitri in Sanskrit, compassion, the capacity to relieve suffering, karuna; the capacity to bring joy every day, mudita; and finally, the capacity of nondiscrimination, upeksha. When there is true love, there is nondiscrimination. The pain of the other is our own pain; the happiness of the other is our own happiness...To make our love meaningful, we need to nourish our bodhicitta, our mind of boundless love and compassion...First, we learn to love one person with all our understanding and insight; then we expand that love to embrace another person, and another, until our love is truly boundless."

-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Reprinted with permission from HarperOne
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