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Holy Matrimony (Quicktime)

A specific rite of marriage appeared as early as the 4th century, but it wasn't until the 14th century that the sacramental rite of Holy Matrimony was formalized with a blessing, and the marital union sealed during the liturgy in joint communion with the Holy Eucharist. This video presents the ritual, step by step, and explains every symbolic act such as the union of hands, exchange of rings and crowns, the common cup and the "Dance of Isaiah."