Reverened Michael Summers

Breaking of Wine Glass

“Reverend Michael & Diane, Thank you so much for making our day so special. We are so happy that you were involved in celebrating our marriage.” With love, –Ceire and Sean Maguire

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The breaking of Wine Glass symbolizes the breaking down of perceived barriers between people and families of differing cultures, faiths, and religions. In the Jewish faith, after the breaking of Wine Glass, everyone yells “Mazel Tov” which is translated to “Good Luck”.

The breaking of wine glass represents the fragile nature of relationship, and the breaking of a wine glass with prayer implies that “as the glass shatters, so may your marriage shall never break”.  The breaking of wine glass also represents that the bond between husband and wife is sacred and fragile, and each one must carefully cherish and honor each other in order for it not to break.

Breaking of Wine Glass
Ceremony Sample

GLASS BREAKING CEREMONY WE COME NOW TO THE MOMENT OF THE BREAKING OF THE GLASS.  IT IS AN ANCIENT CUSTOM, ORIGINALLY PAGAN. THE SOUND WAS TO WARD-OFF EVIL SPIRITS.  IT CAME LATER TO ALLUDE TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM, WHICH HAPPENED TWICE, AND WAS EACH TIME, A GREAT TRAGEDY.

IN MODERN TIMES IT HAS COME TO SYMBOLIZE A LESSON FOR ALL OF MANKIND….THAT NO COUPLE, NO MATTER HOW MUCH IN LOVE, HAS THE RIGHT TO SEPARATE THEMSELVES FROM HUMANITY.  EACH OF US, AS PART OF THE ONE CIRCLE OF LIFE, IS OBLIGATED TO BRING MAN-KIND CLOSER TO THAT STATE WHEREIN ALL FAMILIES MAY LIVE IN PEACE.

ANOTHER REASON TO REPEAT THE CUSTOM….THE BREAKING OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL IS SAD.THE MEASURE OF A TRUE MARRIAGE IS NOT ONLY THE ABILITY TO CELEBRATE THE MOMENTS OF JOY TOGETHER, AS YOU DO TODAY, BUT ALSO TO OVERCOME THE MOMENTS OF SORROW AND FRUSTRATION…THE MOMENTS OF SEPARATION AND LONELINESS….OF ANXIETY AND EMPTINESS, THAT ENTER INTO EVERY HUMAN RELATIONSHIP AT SOME TIME.

DO THESE BOTH THEN….BREAK THE GLASS, TO WARD OFF ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE JOY THAT YOU CLAIM AS YOUR OWN TODAY….CELEBRATE THESE JOYS TOGETHER, LAUGH, SING, AND EXPRESS LIFE ABUNDANTLY….

AND UNDERSTAND THAT IN THE FULLNESS OF THAT EXPRESSION OF LIFE YOU CAN OVERCOME THE SADNESS OF ANY MOMENT AND SHARE THE HAPPINESS THAT WE ALL AFFIRM FOR YOU TODAY.

NOW, YOU MAY BREAK THE GLASS.

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