The Holy Nectar (or wine) ceremony. This is a short and solemn ceremony to symbolise the changing of one’s blood line over to goodness. As humans we have always struggled to bring out the good in ourselves, and this ceremony marks a watershed in that struggle, where a couple can make a clean break with the past, and start anew. Sanctified juice or wine is shared equally between the couple, as they re-commit themselves to each other, and to their Creator, with gratitude and humility.
Blessing ceremony. This ceremony is where the couple receive a blessing from the officiator, usually from the Unificationist faith and/or other faith representatives. Ceremonies in the past have included officiators from Jewish, Moslem, Christian, Sikh, Hindu and other faiths.
The Blessing ceremony itself consists of the following sections:
- Welcome remarks by an invited dignatory.
- The couple are then sprinkled with holy water.
- The wedding vows are recited.
- Couples then exchange their rings. Original wedding rings may be used, or new rings can be bought.
- The officiator(s) offer a prayer of blessing
- Congratulatory remarks are made and/or songs and music are played.
Separation period. As in the great religious tradtitions of fasting, Lent, Ramadan or Passover (Pesach), the couple have an opportunity to purify their love by ‘giving up’ their sexual relationship for forty days, and thus demonstrate their determination to have the physical serve the spirtual through this period. As a result, they can enjoy intimacy as husband and wife on a more profound and higher level.