(Closed) symbolism in the ceremony

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think that is very cool.  We on the other hand are struggling to infuse meaning from our otherwise fragmented religious and ethnic traditions to put together a coherent and meaningful ceremony.  Yours sounds like it comes with all that we seek in ours!

Post # 4
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

monalisa – I’m Russian Orthodox! Our priest also gave us a copy of the full mass for our programs that explained the betrothal service as well as the crowning service. I couldn’t wait for all of my friends to see our unique ceremony!

I think my favorite is the crowning. This is what our priest gave us as the explanation:

Crowns have been used in Christian marriage ceremonies since antiquity. They have several meanings. They are the crowns of victory, for they show that the couple desire their marriage to be in Christ, rather than according to the conventions this world offers. They are the crowns of king and queen, for marriage in Christ is a sharing in His Kingship, in His ultimate Victory over sin and death. They are the crowns of martyrdom (meaning "witness "), for those married in Christ witness to His presence in this world. They witness by dying to their egotistical selves, i.e. by giving their lives to each other in love, and through each other to Christ Himself.

It’s so exciting to find another Orthodox on this board!!!

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