Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, founders of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, began the tradition of the Marriage Blessing in 1960 with their own wedding ceremony. Based on their life lone commitment to a world of strong marriages and empowered families, the Marriage Blessing has become a worldwide tradition where couples dedicate their marriage to a greater purpose and God. Since 1960, every year thousands of couples receive the Marriage Blessing across the U.S. and world.
The Marriage Blessing is an opportunity for couples to renew or begin their marriage relationship through a new commitment to live purposefully for the world and God. In response to the breakdown of traditional marriage in our world, the Marriage Blessing offers a path to build a world of stronger marriages and healthier families. By participating in this ceremony, couples become part of a worldwide community of Blessed Couples striving to embody God’s love, and create a better world for families. The Marriage Blessing takes traditional marriage to a higher level of purpose.
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The process to become a Blessed Couple consists of five steps. Read about each of the five steps below to learn more. Please contact your local blessing officiator if you have any questions.
As a result of the misuse of love throughout history, people have been separated from the original love of God, and a tradition of false love has been inherited from generation to generation. Through the Holy Wine Ceremony, we transition spiritually from the tradition of false love to that of God’s original love.
As Jesus offered bread and wine, saying, “This is my body and blood,” the Holy Wine represents God’s original lineage that was intended from the beginning.
The Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony is conducted by Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon in their capacity as True Parents, or by an officiating couple representing them. The officiators cleanse the couple spiritually by sprinkling them with Holy Water, which signifies rebirth into God’s lineage, leaving past mistakes behind. The couple pledges to fulfill God’s ideal of creation, to establish a loving family, to maintain fidelity in marriage, and to raise their children to remain pure until marriage. True Parents then proclaim the completion of the Marriage Blessing Ceremony in front of God.
The misuse of love throughout history has resulted in the mistrust and resentment between men and women that we see today. The Chastening Ceremony provides an opportunity to restore any personal sexual past, as well as the historical relationship between men and women. This is a symbolic ceremony in which each partner strikes the other three times on the buttock area to reverse the historical sexual immorality and the abuse of our bodies. Completing this ceremony opens the door to our God’s forgiveness and grace, and is conducted shortly after the Marriage Blessing Ceremony as the foundation for the next step.
The number forty is a biblical representation for the separation from sin. Through the Forty-Day Holy Separation Period, the couple abstains from sexual intimacy during the forty days after the Marriage Blessing Ceremony in order to separate the couple from the history of self-centered love, and become a Blessed Couple of true love. For married couples who are renewing their marriage through the Marriage Blessing, this period offers them an opportunity to restart their conjugal relationship with God at the center.
The Three-Day Ceremony of Renewal is the final ceremony to begin your journey as a Blessed Couple.
Through this ceremony, the couple will begin their conjugal life by reversing what was lost through the misuse of love throughout history. This ceremony invites God’s presence into the intimate sexual relationship with prayer and sincerity. Through symbolic ceremonial steps, each partner gives spiritual rebirth to their spouse as an original man and woman. With God’s blessing and presence, your conjugal life can develop into one of total freedom in which you can love each other in joyful spiritual and physical oneness.
You can obtain the detailed instructions for this ceremony from your pastor during the Forty-Day Holy Separation Period.