Sunday, June 13, 2010

Why Crowns at a Wedding?

Q & A with Fr Job:
Question: Tell me, why are crowns held over the heads of those being married?

Answer: During the Mystery of Marriage, crowns are borne on the heads of the bride and groom as a symbol of celebration, glory, and majesty. This is indicated in the mysteriological words which the priest pronounces: “Our Lord God, in glory and honor I marry [them].” This custom is altogether ancient. Holy Scripture speaks of it: “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels” (Is 61:10)

The crowns on the heads of the bridge and groom are also foreshadowings of those victorious incorruptible crowns with await us in the Heavenly Kingdom, if they build their family as a salvific union and, conquering all the afflictions and temptations of this world, inherit eternal life.

2 comments:

Священник села said...

A curious photo - the bride seems to be standing on the Christ side and the groom on the Theotokos side...

AA in M

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