The ‘Song of Solomon’ has been put forward by a Church of England priest as a wedding reading that is both religious and “sexy”.
Reverend Dr Peter Mullen, former rector of St Michael, Cornhill, wrote in The Telegraph that he wished more couples would choose the passage for the day of the ceremony and said those that do are rewarded by its “utter loveliness”.
In his opinion, religion features plenty of “sensuality and eroticism”. However only the bravest couples have the courage to pick something like the ‘Song of Solomon’ when organising the details of their marriage and the accompanying wedding reception venue.
Citing a passage from the section of the Bible in question, he wrote: “Thou hast ravished my heart. Thou has ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain of thy neck. How fair is thy love! How much better is thy love than wine, and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!”
He made his comments in response to the news that the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is basing a production on the reading called ‘Song of Songs’, yet head of movement at the RSC, Struan, Leslie has said it will be “completely devoid of religion”.
Christian Post reporter Michael Gryboski explained that various interpretations of the ‘Song of Solomon’ have been formulated over the years; some claim it is an allegory of the love between humans and God, while others suggest it is a more literal description of King Solomon’s relationship with his wife.