Post # 1
Hi there. This is my first time posting although I have found this site to be a wonderful resource for information.
I’m looking for any information about the irish of putting the rings on each finger when saying a blessing for slipping it on the ring finger for good. I’ve mentioned this to a number of my Cdn friends and they have no idea what I’m talking about. If anyone can let me know or shed any light on this, that would be awesome.
It was a small but very beautiful and symbolic gesture and I really want to incorporate it into my traditional ceremony.
Post # 3
I’m not sure if this is the one you mean (so sad since I am actually Irish 🙂 but this is the traditional wedding blessing I have seen done at weddings there:
May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness.
From this day forward.
Post # 4
I haven’t heard of a the blessing of the rings being an Irish tradition, but it was part of my Catholic ceremony and I’ve seen it at a bunch of different weddings (non-denominational, Jewish, etc).
At my ceremony the priest just said, "May the Lord bless these rings which you give each other as a sign of your love and fidelity" while making the sign of the cross.
Post # 5
I’m not sure if this is what you are talking about but my Aunt was married by an Irish priest and after they said their vows before they put the rings on the ring finger they did this. As they said "In the name of the father (held ring over thumb), in the name of the son (held it over the index finger) in the name of the holy (held it over the middle finger) spirit (slid in the ring onto the ring finger). I hope that helps it was a neat way of putting the ring on instead of just sliding in onto the finger.
Post # 6
Happilywaiting – that’s a beautiful Irish blessing. I’m going to add it to my list for the ceremony. Thank you!
Jennred782 – Yes, the way of moving the rings over the other fingers was exactly what I meant. Thank you SO much! I really want to have my priest do this at my wedding.