An Experience of Worship: Wedding at Detroit Mar Thoma Church

Congratulations to Shibu and Kerry on their wedding yesterday at Detroit Mar Thoma Church in Southfield. The Order of Service of marriage, according to the Mar Thoma Syrian rite, is a blend of rich biblical traditions and teachings, practices of the early church in Palestine and Syria and the customs of South India. And indeed, the day was filled with the significance of family and tradition.
Shibu and Kerry chose a variety of hymns for their ceremony prelude. The bridal party, dressed in gorgeous green saris processed to Pachelbel’s Canon. Kerry, in a resplendent ivory sari entered to Mouret’s Rondeau.
The Order of the Service for Shibu and Kerry’s wedding consisted of two parts. The Engagement was the service of the betrothal which included the exchanging of rings. The Holy Matrimony was the “crowning ceremony” when the blessings of the Almighty were invoked on Shibu and Kerry . It symbolized the crown of righteousness upon the couple.
During the ceremony, friend Suzy, did a beautiful job leading the congregation in singing Amazing Grace. Following the blessing, Shibu’s cousin gave a meaningful message and Shibu’s nieces, Anna and Zara, played “Come, Now is the Time to Worship” on cello and piano.
The end of the service was led again by Suzy with a rendition of “I Surrender All” accompanied by our string quartet and was followed by the recessional, Ode to Joy by Beethoven.
The deep and abiding faith of this newly married couple was evident in the music they chose and the tradition of the ceremony. Their personal message stated their desire that Christ be the head of their home and the Lord of their life. We wish them the very best as they begin their married life together.

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