Cord Of Three Strands

What is the Cord of Three Strands Ceremony?

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The Cord of Three Strands Symbolizes the joining of one man, one woman, and God into a marriage relationship. Marriage takes three; you, your soon to be spouse, 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.

The cord of three strands ceremony is a great addition to a traditional wedding ceremony. It adds a truly unique element to your ceremony that friends and family will remember. It can also serve as a substitute for the unity candle. This is useful for situations where candles may not be used, or may be difficult. The Cord of Three Strands works well as a substitute in outside weddings and can replace a Unity Candle which is difficult to keep lit outdoors.

At some point in the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom braid the Cord of Three Strands together. The groom holds a small metal ring with three attached strands. The bride then braids the strands together, symbolizing the union of God, husband and wife. The colors of the cords is significant. You could also have your flower girl, personal friend, Mother, father, or anyone that you would like to add a part of your wedding and have them hold the brass ring as you and your new husband braid the cord together. There are many ways to incorporte this in to your wedding ceremony.

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  • Gold Strand – Represents GodThe divinity of God is represented in Gold. This covenant relationship is initiated by Him, will be built under His authority, and is intended to glorify Him.
  • Purple Strand – Represents the GroomAs a new creation in Christ, the majesty of the Groom is represented in purple. As the husband loves his wife and submits himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate His great love in the marriage relationship.
  • White Strand – Represents the BrideHaving been cleansed by salvation in Christ, the purity of the Bride is represented in white. As the wife honors her husband and submits herself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will nurture and strengthen the marriage relationship.

What is the God’s Knot – Cord of Three Strands?

The God’s Knot – Cord of Three Strands is a beautiful symbol to be used in your wedding ceremony.

It consists of:

  • High quality cord in a deep purple, a brilliant gold, and a bright white.
  • Each cord is about 1/2 inch thick and about 25 inches long.
  • Brass colored metal ring about 2 and 1/2 inches in diameter
  • An explanation card that can be used in your bulletin, read in your ceremony, or displayed with your braided cord after the wedding.

Some brides and grooms have used different colors for the Cord of Three Strands.

Are there readings for the Cord of Three Strands?

While braiding the Cord of Three Strands, you may wish to have someone read an explanation of the ceremony. You may also simply play music or have a song sung. Here are a few sample readings that you can use in your ceremony:

God’s Knot – Cord of Three Strands

The following readings are provided as a sample of what can be read during the braiding

of the Cord of Three Strands. You may certainly use these or develop your own!

Reading – Option 1

Today, [name of groom] and [name of bride] have chosen to braid three strands together

into a single cord. Each strand has a significant meaning.

The gold strand represents God and His majesty.

The purple strand represents the groom and his life.

The white strand represents the bride and her life.

In braiding these three strands together, [name of groom] and [name of bride] have

demonstrated that their marriage is more than a joining of two lives together. It is a unity

with God as well. They have chosen to allow God to be at the center of their marriage,

woven into every aspect of it.

As Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 reads, “Two are better than one, because they have a good

return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who

falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend

themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Reading – Option 2

The braiding of the three stands demonstrates how [name of groom] and [name of bride]

are joined by God in marriage. Each strand holds special meaning.

The Gold Strand symbolizes that the Lord Jesus has been invited by [name of groom]

and [name of bride] to the position of authority in this marriage relationship.

The Purple Strand represents the groom. As a new creation in Christ, the majesty of

the Groom is represented in purple. As [name of groom] loves his wife and submits

himself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will demonstrate His great love in the marriage

relationship.

The White Strand represents the bride. Having been cleansed by salvation in Christ,

the purity of the Bride is represented in white. As [name of bride] honors her husband

and submits herself to the Lord, the Lord in turn will nurture and strengthen the marriage

relationship.

Ecclesiastes 4:12 reads, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend

themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Today, [name of groom] and [name of bride] have been woven together by God as ONE

in marriage!

How do I keep the ends together once we’ve braided the strands?

Included with each Cord of Three Strands from God’s Knot, there is a gold thread and rubber band to bind the ends of the strands together once you have braided the cord. You may find it easier to use the rubber band during the ceremony, and the gold thread to match the look of the cord later when you have time