Finding Common Grounds With Jewish Christian Interfaith Wedding

By Robert Taylor

It is a wonderful thing when two big groups of people who practice different faiths and maybe come from completely different places in the world can come together and celebrate as one. A Jewish Christian interfaith wedding, also known as mixed or co-officiated weddings, can sometimes be difficult things to coordinate because of the different customs that can sometimes come clashing together. With the right information, you can make everybody comfortable and make it a wonderful experience for everyone.

It is important for everybody who attends the ceremony to feel that they are given the dignity and respect that they deserve. Therefore, it is essential that some of their most important customs are held. This can be done by seeing which customs overlap in the two faiths and applying the use of them wherever possible.

When a couple uses a ceremonial Unity Candle, it can be a very touching, moving, symbolic experience for everyone involved. That is why candles are used in so many different faiths, and you will find that this one pleases all. Not only can this candle symbolize these two people coming together, but also the families as well.

It is highly unlikely that anyone at this event will have any problem whatsoever with the part of the marriage known as the announcement. This is simply to formally announce to everybody there the names of those who are to be wed. Since this is pretty common practice in almost all religions, it is quite commonly accepted.

There is usually a part of any ceremony like this where the guests are asked if they support the couple's marriage, often seen in movies where the officiator asks the congregation has any reason why the two should not be wed, and someone will stand up or burst into the chapel and exclaim, "I object!" This is commonly called the assent of the congregation. Even though it is mainly Christians who do this, the other family will relate to how they believe a marriage needs witnesses.

It might not be in a person's strict traditions to speak vows, but most will accept the practice of it. This is because it grew so widely popular in so many countries. This is done in place of speaking in their traditional language and taking more sacred vows.

Even though some things may not have been in the strictest of Christians' traditions, they still may be willing to accept them, especially if they have been introduced to them via pop culture. A lot of people know about breaking the glass. While it takes proper precautions to do this safely, it can be a valuable experience when you are uniting with another person.

It is a wonderful thing when you can use something that is an ancient tradition for one group of people and tweak it slightly so that it pleases everybody there, even if they are of different faiths. The ketubah is something that many people have used for a very long time, and even if people of different faiths are being wedded, this is still often used. By making the words in it specifically apply to the people who are involved, it will be a great experience for everybody.

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