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The Tradition of the Cord of Three Strands

by admin on July 6, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions with No Comments

In a covenant marriage, we wives are woven together with our husbands as one flesh. What is even more beautiful than that picture, however, is the fact that God is the central strand in our cord. He is the One who holds us together.

Whether Solomon was referring to marriage specifically or not, he brilliantly captured a picture of covenant marriage by this quick reference to a cord of three strands.

In a wedding ceremony, this symbol of covenant marriage can be demonstrated by braiding three cords together, using Ecclesiastes 4:12 as explanation for your guests.

The Sweet Christian Bride
The Sweet Christian Bride

The Tradition of the Rose Ceremony

by admin on July 1, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions with No Comments

The beauty of the rose is that it is a long-time symbol for love. Like any flower, the rose begins as a bud and eventually opens into full bloom, paralleling the growth of the bride and groom’s relationship. Usually the roses given are red, the color of love.

The Sweet Christian Bride
The Sweet Christian Bride

The Tradition of the Sand Ceremony

by admin on June 29, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions, Reception Traditions with 6 Comments

The sand ceremony depicts this through the combination of various colors of sand. Traditionally, the bride has one color of sand and the groom has another. Either right before the vows, as a demonstration of what they are about to pledge, or right after the vows, as a demonstration of the covenant they have just made, the bride and the groom alternate pouring small amounts of their vases of sand into a third, central vase of sand.

The Sweet Christian Bride
The Sweet Christian Bride

The Tradition of the Unity Candle

by admin on June 27, 2011 in Ceremony Traditions with 2 Comments

Being a fairly modern addition to the Christian wedding ceremony, the tradition stems more out of conceptual symbolism than out of historic ritual. For example, the concepts that Jesus is the Light and that we are to let our lights shine before men in order to reflect God’s glory (Matthew 5:16) make the use of flames a poetic depiction of two Christian lives becoming one. Once the two flames merge and create a new flame, there is no way to then separate out the two individual flames. They are inextricably one.

The Sweet Christian Bride
The Sweet Christian Bride

The Marriage Covenant

Our marriage covenant echoes the covenant that Christ made with us, His bride. As God did with Abraham and as Christ did and will do with us, we are to enter into and fulfill a binding vow with our spouse. We are responsible for upholding the covenant with 100% of what we can give, not a contractual 50/50 split as many secular marriages, business relationships, or perhaps even friendships operate. Marriage is 100/100.

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