Christian Wedding Bands

Written by Serena Berger
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Christian wedding bands have an interesting history. Many different Christian cultures from the time of Christ onward included the giving of rings to celebrate an engagement or marriage, though in some cases, it was more in the manner of barter or sealing a contract than in the spirit of romance. In what could be called a surprise move, Pope Innocent III decreed in the twelfth century that couples must exchange rings as part of the wedding ceremony. Incidentally, a few years later this same pope instituted a mandatory waiting period between engagement and marriage, which is commonly thought to be the reason why many modern women, Christian and otherwise, end up with an engagement ring and a wedding ring.

Christian Poesy Wedding Rings

What is likeliest to define a Christian wedding band is a verse from the Bible. Poesy rings are a traditional type of ring that emerged during the Renaissance and featured a variety of romantic sentiments. Most often, they are inscribed with promises to love and honor your spouse, some of which come from a religious source.

1 Corinthians 13:4 is the source of one of the most oft-quoted passages of all time. It begins, "Love is patient, love is kind." This passage is often used in wedding vows or spoken by the minister during the ceremony, so it can be particularly touching to exchange rings which echo the sentiment.

Song of Solomon is the source of another particularly popular verse: "I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." Some Christian rings do not quote a specific verse, but offer a sentiment such as "God unites both in love." For a couple who share faith and are planning to build a life together that incorporates their spiritual beliefs, wedding bands engraved with a statement reflecting that faith may be a particularly wonderful choice.

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