- 7 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
Hi all! I am starting to design our ceremony explanation card for the out of towners’ gift baskets.
I have friends who don’t know about the Greek Orthodox ceremony and I’d like them to understand whats going on. 🙂
Here is the text, I wrote it up this morning: (Im sorry it’s long)
THE SERVICE OF THE BETROTHAL
The highlight of this portion is the exchanging of the rings. The priest blesses the rings and the rings are placed on their right hands for it is the right hand of God that blesses, it is the right hand of God to which Christ ascended, and it is also to the right that
those who will inherit the eternal life will ascend.
THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE
The ceremony consists of petitions, prayers, the crowning, reading from the New Testament, offering of the Common Cup, the circling of the ceremonial table and the benediction. At the conclusion, the priest joins the hands of the Bride and Groom and their hands are kept joined until the end of the service to symbolize the union and oneness of the couple.
This is the focal point of the marriage ceremony. The crowns are the signs of the glory and honor with which God crowns them during the sacrament. The wedding crowns are joined by a ribbon, which again symbolizes the unity of the couple and establishes them
as the King and Queen of their home.
THE DANCE OF ISAIAH/THE CEREMONIAL WALK
The priest leads the Bride and Groom in a circle around the table on which are place the Gospel and the Cross (The Word of God and our Redemption by Jesus).
The Bride and Groom are taking their first steps as a married couple and the church (in the person of the priest) leads them in the way they must walk. The way is symbolized by the circle at the center of which at the Gospel and the cross of our Lord. This expresses the fact that the way of Christian living is a perfect orbit around the center of life, who is Jesus Christ our Lord.
At the conclusion of the Ceremonial Walk, the priest removes the crowns and beseeches God to grant the Newlyweds a long, happy life.
We cannot begin to thank you for traveling so far to share in this day with us.
Our Names, January 21, 2012