"Marriage is the icon of God's love for us."
Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, n. 121
BLUE RING = Husband
PURPLE RING = Wife
GREY RING = Fruitfulness
CROSS = Christ
DOVE = Holy Spirit (Can you see it descending in the cross?)
GOLD RAY = Love radiating
God the Father created marriage between a man and a woman as an intimate community of love and for their own well-being and for having and raising children.
God the Son redeemed the natural institution of marriage and, for Christians, raised it to the dignity of a sacrament. "By coming to restore the original order of creation disturbed by sin, [Jesus] himself gives the strength and grace to live marriage in the new Reign of God. It is by following Christ, renouncing themselves, and taking up their crosses that spouses will be able to 'receive' the original meaning of marriage and live it with the help of Christ. (CCC 1615)." By virtue of the husband and wife’s baptism, Christ dwells in and radiates from Christian marriages.
God the Holy Spirit animates Christian marriages. When we are baptized, the Holy Spirit enters into us and dwells in us and equips us to uniquely share the love of God with others. Christian married couples radiate God's love to the world in unique ways.
Why three rings? Marriage is most often depicted by two rings; however, we include a third because married couples (all married couples, not just Christian married couples) are called to fruitfulness (whether or not they are able to have children). Unity is procreative.
“THE ROYAL DESTINY of marriage,