The cord of three strands ceremony (often called “God’s Knot” or the Unity Braid Ceremony) symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. It adds a truly unique element to your ceremony that friends and family will remember.
Couples with strong spiritual beliefs may want to add this short ceremony toward the end of the wedding ceremony.
Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.
The cord of three strands ceremony is a great addition to a wedding ceremony. It adds a truly unique element to your ceremony that friends and family will remember. It can also serve as a substitute for the Unity Candle or the Blending of the Sands Ceremony. This is useful for situations where candles may not be used, or may be difficult. The Cord of Three Strands works well as a substitute in outside weddings.
Toward the end of the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom braid the Cord of Three Strands together. The groom holds a small metal ring with three attached strands. The bride then braids the strands together, symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife. The colors of the cords is significant.
Gold Strand – Represents God
The divinity of God is represented in Gold. This covenant relationship is initiated by Him, will be built under His authority, and is intended to glorify Him.
Purple Strand – Represents the Groom
As a new creation in Christ, the majesty of the Groom is represented in purple. As the husband loves his wife and submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate His great love in the marriage relationship.
White Strand – Represents the Bride
Having been cleansed by salvation in Christ, the purity of the Bride is represented in white. As the wife honors her husband and submits herself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will nurture and strengthen the marriage relationship.
After the braid is completed, the officiant can use the braid to bond the couple together. This can be done by loosely tying their hands together or draping the braid over their shoulders.
Some couples prefer to have a family member make the three colorful cords rather than buy the cords. One couple’s parents gave the bride and groom a braided cord that they had used in their wedding for the couple to use in their wedding with the understanding that they pass it on to their children to use in their children’s future weddings.
This ceremony can be used in a “Renewal of Vows” ceremony to re-enforce your marriage covenant.
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