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Teachings and Symbolism of the Marriage Ceremony in Christianity.

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Teachings and Symbolism of the Marriage Ceremony in Christianity. Answer the questions on computer and print off your answers - hand in at end of lesson Name: 1. Suggest the meaning of each of the following symbols within the marriage ceremony: a) Bride given away by her father. In the bible it says that the daughter has to leave her parents for marriage b) Bride and Groom arriving separately. It is said to be a sin to see each other the day before their marriage c) Bride wearing white dress. Symbolises the purity d) Exchange of rings. The ring is never ending, like God's love, and it symbolises their unity e) A kiss (This is optional) They are Sealing together f) Bride and groom leaving the church together. Symbolises the unity which they are going to live with for all these years 2. Find the texts of some of the possible readings from the marriage ceremony. What might they teach about the meaning of marriage within the Christian church? (Remember Scriptures are seen as the Word of God) You can access some of the readings from the site with the information about the Methodist ceremony or from the Anglican Service booklet. - Many Christians, even those who are not regular worshippers, wish to marry in the Church because they feel it is important to make their solemn promises or vows in the God's house. ...read more.

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He has already consecrated you in this baptism and now he enriches and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity. And so, in the presence of the Church, I ask you to state your intentions." The congregation will stand while the priest addresses the couple by asking them three questions: 1. "Have you come here freely and without reservation to give yourself to each other in marriage?" 2. " Will you love and honour each other as man and wife for the rest of your lives?" 3. "Will you accept children lovingly from God and bring them up according to the law of Christ and his Church?"(This one may be excluded if you are an older couple.) You both answer the questions separately, and declare that you know of no lawful impediments that would prevent you from marrying. The priest will then ask you to give their consent to marriage by saying, "Since it is your intention to enter into this marriage, join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and his Church." The bride's father, relative or friend may take your hand and place it in your groom's. You will exchange vows, with your groom reciting his before you. ...read more.

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You repeat his words or may choose to use another version such as, "Take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit." A Bidding Prayer spoken by the priest follows the exchange of vows and you are asked to seal your union at the end by kissing each other, unless you chose to have a mass in which case you kiss when the mass has been said. Homework - hand in on Monday 3. Answer the following GCSE question: Describe and explain the teachings which are found in a Christian marriage ceremony. (8). You can use any Christian denomination. Remember the work that we have done in class about marriage being a reflection and an experience of God's love. This is a key area to explain. You need to describe those parts of the ceremony which emphasise these ideas. For example - in the vows the couple promise to love each other unconditionally for the rest of their lives. This is similar to God's love which is also unconditional and permanent. Think about the type of love the couple should have, the place of children within marriage, the idea of becoming a new family unit, etc Just going through and explaining each of the symbols is not enough. Elke Mahy ...read more.

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