Posts tagged Sacrament
Relationships and the Crown of Martyrdom

The marriage ceremony in the Coptic church is called El-Ekleel, or The Crowning.  The end of the ceremony sees the priest crown both the man and his new wife, a sign that the two have become one through the mystery of the sacrament of marriage.  I used to think The Crowning was a symbol that the man became the king of his household, and the woman his queen.  I later found out from a priest’s wife that the crown received during an Orthodox marriage ceremony lies on the bride and groom’s head as a crown of martyrdom.  The man and his new wife have died to themselves and now live for the other. 

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