14 Aug 2016

Why the Wedding Ring on Third Finger, Left-hand?

Why the wedding ring on the third finger – left hand? In ancient times, it was believed  there was a vein in the third finger of the left hand that ran directly to the heart. Thus, the ring being placed on that finger, denoted the strong connection of a heartfelt love and commitment to one another.   Although during times of modern autopsy, this long held belief  was found not to be so, the tradition continued to this day.

Medieval bridegrooms place the ring on three of the bride’s fingers, in turn, to symbolize, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  The ring then remained on the third finger and has become the customary ring finger for English-speaking cultures.  In some European countries, the ring is worn on the left hand before marriage, and is moved to the right hand during the ceremony.  However, in most European countries the ring is still worn on the brides left hand.  A Greek Orthodox bride wears her ring on her left had before marriage, and moves it to her right hand after the ceremony.

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