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A Guide to Getting Married in the Catholic Church

Author(s): Rosemary Gallagher

ISBN13: 9780852313497

ISBN10: 0852313497

Publisher: REDEMPTORIST PUBLICATIONS (IRE)

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  • Rings have always been rich in symbolism. In Biblical times they were made of ivory, crystal or metal and were a sign of dignity and rank.

    Increasingly, they signified a pledge of loyalty and trust and, in Roman times, were used as a mark of betrothal. Since the Middle Ages its been traditional for the bridegroom to place the ring on the thumb of the bride, then on her second finger, and then on her third, naming each Person of the Trinity. The ring was then placed on her fourth finger at the word, "Amen".

    This shows in action as well as in words that he enters marriage "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".

    Another reason in ancient times for placing the ring on the fourth finger is because it was believed that it contains a vein which leads to the heart.

    The ring is not a symbol of captivity, but of unbroken unity and unending changelessness - the perfect round. It doesnt mean that "this person belongs to me" but that "I belong to this person". Your rings will be blessed at your wedding in these or similar words:

    Lord, bless these rings which we bless + in your name. Grant that those who wear them may always have a deep faith in each other. May they do your will and always live together in peace, good will and love.
    Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
  • Rosemary Gallagher



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