Community of the Sisters of the Church

A Wedding Responsory

taken from the Song of Solomon

Response:
Many waters cannot quench love
neither can floods drown it.


Verse:
Set me as a seal on your heart
as a seal on your arm
for love is as strong as death
Its flashes are flashes of fire

Response: Many waters …


Verse:
Upon my bed at night
I sought him whom my soul loves
I sought him and found him not
I called him but he gave no answer.

Response: Many waters …


Verse:
I slept but my heart was awake
Listen! my beloved is knocking
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine
He pastures his flocks among the lilies


Response: Many waters …

Verse:
My beloved speaks and says to me
“Arise, my love, my fair one, 
and come away
for now the winter is past
the rain is over and gone.”

Response: Many waters …

Verse:
Awake, O north wind, 
and come, O south wind
blow upon my garden
that its fragrance may be wafted abroad
let my beloved come to his garden
and eat its choicest fruits.

Response: Many waters …

Verse:
The flowers appear on the earth
the time of singing has come
and the voice of the turtle dove 
is heard in our land
my beloved is mine and I am his, 
and his banner over me is love.

Response: Many waters …