Posted: Nov 08, 2014
"So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate" Matt 19:6
Marriage, in Christianity, is a union predestined by God himself. Christian weddings may have some cultural differences influencing several rituals conducted on the day. Pre-wedding ritual is the engagement ceremony followed by the bridal shower marked by song and dance. Indian brides may apply the henna or ‘mehndi’ and the turmeric sandalwood paste to look beautiful on their wedding day. There are no specific procedures defined by the Bible, the wedding can accommodate the creativity streak in you. The Christian grooms celebrate their last day of bachelorship by raising a toast. The bride is accompanied by her father who will give away the bride to the groom. The choir sings hymns followed by the readings from the Bible. The bride and groom declare their wedding vows.
Marriages are said to happen in heaven in the past, now in this current technological world, this saying has to be rewritten as : Marriages are made on the internet. Indian Christian brides traditionally wear a white gown however; she may wear a white sari, with her head covered in a white veil. She adorns a bunch of white flowers on her crown. Both the groom and the bride accept each other in front of the priest. The Christian grooms are usually seen in the suit, with a bow, in black. The marriage rituals commence, with the groom and his bride coming to the altar before the priest. The bride is accompanied by her father who will give away the bride to the groom. The choir sings hymns followed by the readings from the Bible. The bride and groom declare their wedding vows. The priest blesses the wedding rings and hand them over to the couple and pronounces them ‘man and wife’ after the wedding rings are exchanged. The groom may adorn the wife with a ‘mangal sutra’ very typical of the Indian wedding. All the relatives, guests, friends and family continue with prayers, while the communion service takes place and the couple registers their marriage. The wedding is followed by a reception, a celebration party with music and dinner.
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