I wrote these scripture-based lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” because a bride asked for it but did not like the generic wedding versions available such as here and here.
Mark 10: 6-9
In the beginning, God had a plan
Created woman for the man
To be no longer two but of one flesh.
Man leaves behind his former life
To be united with his wife
What God has joined, let none divide Hallelujah
Song of Songs 8: 6-7
Place a seal upon your heart
Like the seal upon your hand
For love is strong and always prevails
Blazes like fire, a mighty flame
Seas and rivers will only inflame
Unquenchable love in Christ Oh Hallelujah
1 Corinthians 13
Love is patient, love is kind
Protects and trusts and will always bind
Two lives in one perfect unity.
Now with Christ who is our guide,
In Faith and Hope and Love abide
And the greatest of these is love Oh Hallelujah
Ruth 1: 16-17
Wherever you go, so I will go
Wherever you stay, so I will stay
Your people will be my people, your God my God
Thou art my joy, be near me now
Then shall my soul contented bow
I am forever at thy side Hallelujah
Lyrics Copyright (c) 2016 by Catherine C. Mikell
This work by Catherine C. Mikell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Debuted September 10, 2016 at the wedding of Ali Mitchell Gentry
7 thoughts on “Wedding Lyrics for Hallelujah (L. Cohen)”
What a beautiful lyrics for a wedding! One of my nephews is getting married in October. Is it possible to use your song for his wedding? If so, what is necessary to share this? Again thank you.
Thank you, Sandy. Use is as simple as printing “music by L. Cohen; lyrics by C. Mikell” in the program. Most use the title “Wedding Hallelujah.”
I certainly hope you used the lyrics! I have the copyright notice, which gives permission to sing them for non-commercial (unpaid) use.
Oh my! I did not get back to you! Unfortunately I was not able to use the music last year as intended by my nephew and bride to be. However, this year 2020, has brought about another wedding. October 10. So our ladies acapella group from church is going to record so I can use at this wedding. Hope all is well with you. Thank you so much! Take care.
Beautiful and perfect words for a Christian wedding!! We would love to use your lyrics for my daughter’s April 25th wedding!! Please send me information as to what we need to do! 😊
I will be getting married in June and was hoping to get permission to use your lyrics for my processional song. This is wonderfully written.
How would I go about getting your permission to use this?
The link at the bottom of the article includes the copyright requirements. CeCe