"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 created marriage:
Since the beginning of time, God the Father created marriage as the indissoluble union of a man and a woman for their own good and
for having and raising children. Marriage is the best environment for adults to nurture the love they share and for children to be raised. It is the most intimate relationship that exists and it is a communion of love and life. Marriage reveals the love of the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) to the world.
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,
which is a community of love as in the Trinity,
is to beget something outside of itself.
The nuptial chalice is too small for the love it contains, and therefore it must overflow.”
Venerable Fulton Sheen, Three to Get Married, pg. 152
“God will ask each person on judgment day: ‘Where are your children?’
Generation there must be, either physical or spiritual.”
Venerable Fulton Sheen, Three to Get Married, pg. 111
Christ redeems marriage: "
By coming to restore the original order of creation disturbed by sin, he 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. This grace of Christian marriage is a fruit of Christ's cross, the source of all Christian life (CCC 1615)."
The Holy Spirit animates Christian marriages:
When we are baptized, the Holy Spirit enters into us and dwells in us. The Holy Spirit animates our lives with the Spirit of God and equips us to share the love of God with others. Christian married couples uniquely radiate God's love to the world (through their unity, through their self-gift, through their commitment, through any children or good works they may do, etc.).
Marriage "is how God most effectively reveals his eternal unity to the world. Not through volumes of theology or long sermons, but rather through the sign of marriage--the public witness of the life of a loving couple." Donald Cardinal Wuerl, The Marriage GOD Wants For You, pg. 101