THE MYSTERY OF THE MARRIAGE AND ITS SYMBOLS
“The Mystery of Marriage is great,” says the Gospel. But how well do we know the real symbolism of marriage? Below we solve all your questions.
The wedding rings:
The wedding rings according to their shape, symbolize the eternal love, the power of the relationship and the union of the groom and the bride. The circle is a shape without beginning and end, which is why it is considered a symbol of perfection. In the case of the groom, it indicates the unbroken chain of generations, through the mystery of the union of the couple. It is historically believed that the Egyptians were the first to wear wedding rings on the middle finger of the hand.
The blessing of the wedding rings:
During the ceremony, the bride and groom are blessed with wedding rings, three times each. The wedding rings will be passed to the third finger of the right hand. The best man alternates the wedding rings three times, to indicate the unconditional acceptance of each other and the spirit of mutual support.
The wedding crowns:
Wreaths are royal symbols. With the marriage a new “kingdom” is created, the house and the family of the couple. The priest, after blessing the crowns on the Holy Gospel, makes the sign of the Cross on the heads of the bride and groom.
The best man changes the wedding crowns three times to symbolize the equal, dignified and mutual love crown. The round shape of the wreaths keeps the existence of evil away from the couple.
The wine offered by the priest during the sacrament and drunk by the couple from the same cup, is a symbol of the common life they decided to share.
The union of the hands:
The right hand of the groom will be united with the right hand of the bride, while God unites them in one roof, crowns them in one flesh and conveys to them the joy of having children. Their hands will remain together throughout the ceremony.
Holding the Holy Gospel, the Priest guides the newlyweds around the wedding site, three times in the name of the Holy Trinity. The rotating movement symbolizes the eternity and the faithful sequence of Christ by the couple. These are the first steps the newlyweds take together.
The rice with which the guests sprinkle the couple during the sacrament is a wish for the newlyweds to take root and have a flowering life in all areas of their life together, but also in the creation of their own family.
The sugar almonds:
Their roots come from ancient Greece. But then they rubbed almond and mixed it with honey. Bittersweet symbolize the joys and sorrows of marriage. The almond also symbolizes the fertility and the successors that the couple will have. The only number of candies is indivisible, just like the lives of the bride and groom.
The wedding bouquet:
The wedding bouquet is the groom’s statement to the bride that he is the flower in his life and that he will provide her with a flower garden with love and happiness. The bride later throws her bouquet to an unmarried friend to have this luck with her. That is why it is said that whoever catches the bouquet, will be the next to get married.
The covering of a woman’s face is considered a point of submission and at the same time purity, from ancient times to the present day. The veil also served to protect the couple from the evil eye or evil spirits.
Candles make their appearance in the depths of ancient Greek times. They are lit in the church and transported from there lit. They indicate the Divine Enlightenment that the androgynous take from their light.
The bridesmaids are the representatives of the people, God, the church and witnesses to the promise of love and devotion between the couple. They frame the androgynous with their love.
Finally, the presence of the guests is not only related to the social obligation to participate in the Mystery of the Marriage of two people. The significance is deeper. The Church takes part in the Sacrament of marriage with her presence and prayer.