The Cord of Three Strand Unity Ceremony
As a wedding officiant that wants to help couples marry any way they choose, I have a tendency to look a wedding ceremony in many different ways.
Many Christian ceremonies are predictable. You use the same scriptures and say the same things in every ceremony. The meaning of marriage is outlined by your faith and your religion.
When couples want to do something different I get to have a little fun. I get to think outside the box or give new meaning to something. This was my experience with The Cord of Three Strands Unity Ceremony.
What is The Cord of Three Strands?
The Cord of Three Strands is a unity ceremony generally chosen by couples who are performing a Christian ceremony. It is based on the Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 4 Verse 12 , but if a non-religious couple wants to braid three cords during their wedding ceremony they can give a different meaning to the third cord. That would be called The Unity Braid.
If you prefer to just braid three cords together as a unity ceremony you can give those cords any meaning you want. Really. That’s all unity ceremonies are. You are performing a physical act to represent your union.
Is there a difference between The Cord of Three Strands and God’s Knot?
The Cord of Three Strands and God’s Knot are the same thing called by different names. There is no actual reference to “God’s Knot” in the bible. There is a reference to the Cord of Three Strands. This unity ceremony is based on the Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 4 Verse 12. That one verse is what is most often quoted when performing the ceremony: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” However, it is also very appropriate to include the 5 verses before it in order to give more depth, meaning, and context when performing the ceremony. All 6 verses actually a great option to open a Christian wedding ceremony. The scriptures talk about the importance of having a partner in life and not being alone.
Ecclesiastes 4: 7-12
Can the Cord of Three Strands be Non-Religious?
Yes! When I’m writing a ceremony for couples who are trying to create a wedding ceremony that is basically non-religious but sounds religious in order to please family members, I always suggest replacing the word “God” with “Love.” Christians believe that God is Love. If we talk about love, to the Christian, we are talking about God. You can say that your relationship is held together by the power of the love you share. Many of these ceremony scripts below are obviously Christian, but they can be reworded for your own non-religious use with a little thought and a little flare. I wrote this first script below before I knew anything else about the Cord of Three Strands. You could remove the scripture reference for a completely non-religious option.
The Cord of 3 Strands Wedding Ceremony Script 1