LEADER: If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
PEOPLE: If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
LEADER: If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
PEOPLE: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
LEADER: It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
PEOPLE: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
LEADER: It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
PEOPLE: Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
LEADER: For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
PEOPLE: but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
LEADER: When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
PEOPLE: For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
ALL: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.