Post # 1
We are trying to incorporate the manthrakodi and minnu into our Presbyterian ceremony- and need help trying to figure out how to word it, and who should be explaining the tradition!
Symbolisms in an Indian Christian Marriage Ceremony
The minnu is an Indian custom incorporated into Kerala Christian marriages. It is a pendant with a cross, the symbol of Christianity, on a gold medallion shaped like a heart. The heart symbolizes the concept of love, and the cross reflects that the relationship between a husband and wife should be in the image of the relationship between Jesus and his bride, the Church.
Seven Strands of Thread
The minnu is put on seven strands of thread from the manthrakodi. Seven represents the Sabbath, the seventh day, which is the day of rest, as well as the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. The groom ‘ties the knot’ around the bride’s neck. This signifies the lifelong inseparable bond established in marriage.
Manthra means specially blessed and kodi means new clothes. Placing the manthrakodi upon the bride’s head symbolizes Rebecca, who took a veil and covered herself when she first saw Isaac. This was an act of humility, chastity and devotion to her lifelong partner united in marriage by God. The groom accepts the responsibility to care for and cherish his bride. A woman from the groom’s family stands behind the bride, signifying the reception into the home of her husband.
Post # 2
Hi, just wondering whether you were able to incorporate the Manthrakodi and Minnu in your Presbyterian ceremony. I’m trying to do the same for an Anglican service and would like to know how you went abt it. Thanks
Post # 3
Hi there! We are planning on having an anglican wedding and would love to know how you incorproated it as well! <br /><br />FYI: If anyone here is Marthoma, you can google the English version of the marriage ceremony and use that part for the manthrakodi? Thats my fall back plan LOL!
Post # 4
Has anyone found a way to do this? Would love to find out how the thali was incorporated into a christian ceremony.