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Wedding Rings. It was a Roman custom for the man to give the woman a ring at the time of betrothal. The use of wedding rings by Christians is derived from this custom. Wedding rings may be exchanged by the husband and wife at the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage (BCP, p. 427). These rings are signs of the vows by which the husband and wife bind themselves to each other. The rings are blessed by the priest at the marriage before they are exchanged by the man and woman. A ring may be given by the husband, the wife, or both. The giver of the ring places the ring on the ring-finger of the other's hand, addresses the other by name, and says, "I give you this ring as a symbol of my vow, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (BCP, p. 427). The BCP allows an alternative ending, "in the Name of God," for the trinitarian conclusion to the statement that is made when the ring is given. Another suitable symbol of the vows may be used instead of rings (BCP, p. 437). The BCP service for the Blessing of a Civil Marriage also includes a blessing of rings (p. 434). 

Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.
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