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Special Wedding and Baptismal Rites


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  Weddings~

There are a number of special rites to add joy and symbolism to a wedding ceremony. The Unity Candle ceremony is used to represent the joining of two families as the bride and groom marry. I often use a variation called the Unity Flower ceremony for outdoor weddings to avoid the wind factor. A Celtic touch to this symbolism is found by sharing a sip of wine from a Scottish drinking vessel called a quaiche. The Sand Ceremony is used to represent the separate lives of the bride and groom being forever joined by the intermingling of two colors of sand. A longer version of this symbolism is found in the Covenant of Salt, which is part of the giving and receiving of rings. A romantic touch is added by the Rose Ceremony.
 
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Courtney and Dan combine individual containers of sand into one container to signify their union.

 

 

Baptisms~

Many parents like to invite the Godparents or a special family member to choose a personal verse from the Bible or other spiritual text to serve as a personal guide throughout the life of the person being baptized. As well as anointing the person being baptized with water, the person may be anointed with oil to symbolize the anointing of Christ before his death on the cross. Often a family member may want to offer a special reading to the congregation. Again, depending on the wind factor, the parents may want to provide a baptismal candle that they and the Godparents can light to symbolize that the life of the person being baptized is forever illuminated by the eternal truth of God's love.
 

 
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Celtic Christian Baptism in Lake Monomonac, Rindge, NH

 

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Rev. Bonnie McCarthy, D. Div.
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