The Cord of Three Strands
Officiate: The cord of three strands ceremony (often called “God’s Knot” or the Unity Braid Ceremony) symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship.
Each strand has a significant meaning. The first represents God and the other two strands represents the groom and bride and their lives before today. In braiding these three strands together, you are demonstrating that your marriage is more than a joining of two lives together. It is a unity with God as well. You are choosing to allow God to be at the center of your marriage, woven into every aspect of it.
______ and ______ you will now weave a cord of three separate strands.
(The officiant holds the cords as the couple braids the cord)
Ecclesiastes 4:12 reads, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
You have been woven together by God as ONE in marriage! One man, one woman, and God. It was God who taught us to love. By keeping Him at the center of your marriage, His love will continue to bind you together as one throughout your marriage.