If you’re engaged (or about to be), you’ve probably already had a conversation about what you’d like to have inscribed on each other’s rings. Some couples surprise each other, some get the same thing on both rings, and some forego the ring inscription entirely.
For Catholic couples, the ring inscription can be more than a way to remember the wedding date; it is an opportunity to celebrate the God who called them to the sacrament of marriage. There are as many ways to do this as there are couples. Our Associate Editor Christina Dehan Jaloway and her husband Kristian have the Italian phrase Ti voglio bene ("I will your good.") inscribed on their rings, whereas Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Calis and her husband have "Before thee we kneel" (from the Memorare, their favorite Marian prayer) engraved in theirs. If you're having trouble coming up with ideas, we hope the list of possibilities below will inspire you:
A favorite Scripture verse
Note: If word count is an issue, consider using the Biblical reference instead of having the entire verse inscribed. If you have enough room, some of the shorter verses listed here are a great option:
This is my body given up for you. (Luke 22:19)
Do whatever he tells you. (John 2:5)
Duc in altum. (“Into the deep.” Luke 5:4)
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. (Song of Songs 6:3)
Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13:8)
I have found the one whom my soul loves. (Song of Songs 3:4)
Be not afraid. (John 14:27)
Nothing is impossible for God. (Luke 1:46)
A pithy quote from a favorite Saint.
Verso l’alto. (“To the heights.”) --Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
Whatever God wants. -- St. Gianna Molla
Do small things with great love. --St. Teresa of Calcutta
Open wide the doors to Christ. --St. John Paul II
My vocation is love. --St. Therese of Lisieux
Love until it hurts. --St. Teresa of Calcutta
Jesus, I trust in you. --St. Faustina
A line from a favorite prayer
Before thee we kneel. (The Memorare--this is what our Editor-in-Chief, Stephanie, and her husband have on their rings)
Come, Holy Spirit.
Thy will be done.
Did you and your fiancé or husband inscribe your rings? We’d love to hear what you chose in the comments!