FAQ about Marriage Blessing

What is the Marriage Blessing?

   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. Based on their lifelong 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. 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. The Marriage Blessing takes traditional marriage to a higher level of purpose.

The Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony is a celebration of the commitment of one man and one woman to love each other eternally and to create a strong marriage and empowered family.

Why a Marriage Blessing Movement?

   First and foremost, it’s an opportunity to bring comfort and joy to God. God is desperately longing for all His and Her children to be restored. Each time a couple receives the Marriage Blessing, God experiences tremendous joy, and the fulfilment of God’s ideal for humankind becomes more of a reality.

All of humankind needs to be restored to God’s lineage. This can only happen through the Marriage Blessing given by True Parents. The Marriage Blessing Movement helps make this possible.

True Parents have made it clear that all of God’s children need to receive the Marriage Blessing and become Blessed Families. By hosting Marriage Blessing Ceremonies more frequently and inviting couples to participate, we are directly responding to True Parents’ desire.

Receiving the Marriage Blessing is also one of the best ways for people to become a part of our Unification Family. Barriers in heart can be broken down when we are able to relate to each other as Blessed Family members instead of “members” and “guests.”

Through the Marriage Blessing Movement we can easily promote God’s original intention for marriage and families in our society in a very natural way.

Finally, in order to fulfil our role as Tribal Messiahs we need to give the Blessing, and this movement makes this possible.

“Why do we get the Blessing? In order to give the Blessing to others and see that the Blessing goes to the whole world.” – Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Blessing and Ideal Family

What is the Marriage Blessing Movement?

   Essentially, it is an initiative to give more couples throughout America the opportunity to receive the Marriage Blessing from True Parents by having Marriage Blessing Ceremonies occur more frequently in more locations throughout America.

“The Unification Church mass wedding ceremony is not just a wedding ceremony of a man and a woman to make a family. Until now, marriage was centered on the individual self, but our wedding ceremony is holy and has the content to make God happy and the condition to indemnify history. Our marriage ceremony is to liberate God’s grief caused by Adam and Eve’s fall and fulfill what Jesus could not, which is to pass through the standard of the bridegroom and bride. This is explained clearly in the Divine Principle.” – Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Blessing and Ideal Family

What are the benefits of receiving the Marriage Blessing?

Here are some reasons to receive the Marriage Blessing.

  1. Renew or begin your marriage on a clean slate and create a new future together.
  2. Dedicate your marriage to a higher purpose or God.
  3. Increase the joy in your marriage and decrease your chance of divorce.
  4. Join a nationwide, supportive community of loving families and other Blessed Couples.
  5. Create a single commitment as a couple.
  6. Develop a deeper relationship based on faith and love.

What is the difference between traditional marriage and the Marriage Blessing?

   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 true love, and create a better world of families. The Marriage Blessing takes traditional marriage to a higher level of purpose.

Is the Blessing Ceremony a legal marriage ceremony?

   In most cases, the Marriage Blessing Ceremony is not a legal wedding ceremony. Some couples are already married and those that are engaged are later legally married according to the laws of their own countries. The New York Times referred to a 1997 ceremony for 28,000 couples as a “marriage affirmation ceremony,” adding: “The real weddings were held later in separate legal ceremonies.”

I’m legally married. Can I still attend a Blessing Ceremony?

   Absolutely! We welcome married couples to renew their marriage and take their relationship to a new level.

How can a person receive the Holy Wine Blessing if they are now single or divorced?

   A single person (divorced or separated) can participate in the Holy Wine Ceremony for the purpose of purification and making a new start. By participating they are making a pledge to remain pure until the time they marry and receive the Marriage Blessing with their spouse.