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Select and explain the important aspects of a Christian wedding

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Holly squire Question 1- Select and explain the important aspects of a Christian wedding To Christians, marriage is a very important aspect of life; it is part of god's "plan" for the human race. Marriage is considered to be a lifelong union between a man and a woman, which forms the basis of every family. These beliefs originated from the teachings in genesis 1:27-28 "So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "be fruitful and increase in number." This quote describes how it is natural that man and woman should be attracted to each other, grow to love each other, marry and have children together. This quotation also expresses the basic goodness of marriage and the fundamental equality of the sexes. The priest or vicars opening statement sets the scene at the marriage, and explains what marriage is all about. ...read more.

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As covenant initiator, he must commit himself to the purpose of marriage which God established in the beginning. The vows are considered to be one of the most important parts of the wedding ceremony as this is the point where the couple promise their love, respect etc to each other. * "I......., take you.......to be my husband/wife" this vow ascertains that the marriage will be legal and they will take everything of each others. * "To have and to hold from this day forwards" Each promises that from today they are as one. * "For better, for worse" Each promises the other that they will remain faithful during good times and bad. * "For richer, for poorer" Again they both promise that they will remain faithful during affluent times and destitute times. * "In sickness and in health" They commit to love and care for one another during times of good health and times of sickness. ...read more.

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* Betrothal - This takes place at the main doors of the church. The couple promise to love each other and to remain faithful to each other, and exchange rings. The rings are a symbol of their unending love and faithfulness. * Crowning - The priest places a crown on the heads of the bride and groom. This shows that they are married and they are king and queen for the day. For orthodox Christians this is considered to be the most important part of the ceremony. * Cup of wine - The couple drink wine from the same cup, 3 times. This symbolises that they now share common life together. The final blessing, "What God has joined, let man not separate" is a declaration of their marriage. It is basically expressing how their marriage is now officially holy, as God has joined it. Also how it should last forever, i.e. no divorce. The blessing again underlines all that has been said earlier in the service, and stress's how they have been joined by god, so therefore their love for each other should last for eternity. ...read more.

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