- The Betrothal Ceremony (engagement ceremony)
- The couple promise themselves to one another.
- The rings are exchanged.
- The Crowning (sacrament of Marriage / Church's blessing of the marriage)
- The couple is crowned with floral wreaths or crowns of gold. - This crowning signifies two things.
- The Christian family, led by the husband and wife, is a unit in God's kingdom and should live under his reign.
- This couple will attain the heavenly crowns by living their married life in a Christian manner.
- The couple join in a procession around the marriage altar, which is set up in the middle of the church. - This procession reminds the couple that from now on they will walk through life together, with the joys of eternal life as their goal.
- The couple share a common cup of wine. - This sharing reminds the couple that, throughout their married life, they will share all things in common, both the good and the bad.
Requirements and Conditions
Holy Mystery of Holy Crowning is received after the man and the woman:
The Holy Mystery of Holy Crowning is administered by a priest.
The Holy Mystery of Holy Crowning can NOT be received during Great Lent and Great and Holy Week.
Crown Removal Ceremony
The crowns are removed during The Crown Removal Ceremony. This liturgical service should take place at the first weekend Divine Liturgy after the couple returns to their parish.
In the Latin Catholic Church, this Holy Mystery is called "Marriage".
Click on Resource Center, Then click on The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony Sts. Peter and Paul Melkite Catholic Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Arabic and English Mixed Marriage to be Revised The Melkite Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, a Microsoft Word .doc file
Holy Matrimony St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church, West Paterson, NJ
Holy Mysteries Our Lady of Redemption, Warren, Michigan
Jesus the King Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada Please click on Question Subject : Marriage and read the answers by George Farahat
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Marriage - The Great Mystery Holy Transfiguration Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, McLean, VA
St Michael's Melkite Catholic Cathedral Please click on Marriage Information, Sydney NSW, Australia
In Our Family and Home by Father Romanos Russo Originally Published in Catholic Near East Saint Ann's Melkite Catholic Church, West Patterson, NJ
Multimedia St. Elias Melkite Catholic Church, Cleveland, Ohio Page down to Articles - "Matrimony and Wedding Traditions of the Past" By: Isabel Thomas, a parishioner
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