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Orthodox Wedding Crown

The Crowning of the Couple

Stefana are used for The Crowning of the couple. This is a sacrament unique to the Orthodox ceremony and an integral part of the wedding service. The sacrament of marriage in the Eastern Orthodox Church joins two believers into one. The Sacrament of Marriage consists of:

  • · The Exchange of Rings
  • · The lighting of the Candles
  • · The Crowning
  • · The Readings from the Bible
  • · The Drinking of the Common Cup
  • · The Ceremonial Walk
  • · Lastly, the Proclamation of Husband & Wife.

Symbolism of the Crowns

The wedding crowns (Stéfana) are the signs of glory and honor with which God crowns the Bride and Groom during the sacrament. The Bride and Groom are crowned as king and queen of their home, which they will rule with wisdom, justice, and integrity. They represent the couple’s giving of one life totally to the other and through the other to Christ. The ribbon, which joins the two crowns, symbolizes unity. At the end of the wedding service, the crowns are removed from the couple and the priest prays that God will receive these crowns into His Kingdom.

The Blessing of the Crowns

The Crowning sacrament takes place after the exchanging of the rings. During the crowning ceremony, the priest will exchange the crowns between the bride and groom. The prayer said by the Priest is:

“The servant of God is crowned unto the handmaiden of God – in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

This prayer is said three times by the Priest when the crown is initially placed on the Groom’s head and three times when the crown is initially placed on the Bride’s head.

The exchange of the crowns then follows.

The Exchange of Crowns

After the priest places the Stéfana on the heads of the Bride and Groom, the Koumbaro exchanges the crowns three times as witness to the sealing of the union. . While the exchange is happening, the priest chants “O Lord, our God, crown them with glory and honor”.

The crown swapping begins with the koumbaro/a (the Orthodox sponsor) behind the bride and groom - and the koumbaro/a places the crowns three times on the head before the procession around the altar. The bride is at left, the groom at right.

PLACEMENT #1: The koumbaro holds the crowns in his or her hand and crosses his hands, RIGHT hand over the left , and then places the crowns on the heads of the bride and groom.

PLACEMENT #2: The koumbaro lifts the crowns off the head and then switches the crowns in his hand by uncrossing his hands, RIGHT hand back over the left and then around under the left hand. The arms end up crossed and the same crown goes back onto the brides head, and the same crown back onto the groom's head.

PLACEMENT #3: For the third switch, the koumbaro will move his right hand back under the right and then around over again the left hand.

The order is specific and symbolic - the right hand leads over the left on the first switch/placement - just as the right hand leads with all religious ceremonies. Generally the crowns are interchangeable or identical. If the crowns are specific for the bride and groom, then the groom’s crown starts on the bride and the bride’s crown starts on the groom. That way after the exchange, they are resting groom’s crown on the groom’s head and bride’s crown on the bride’s head. They wear the crowns this way for the remainder of the ceremony and as they circle the altar.

After the Exchange of Crowns

After the exchange of the crowns, is the reading of the Epistle followed by the Gospel. The Gospel reading describes the marriage at Cana in Galilee, which was attended and blessed by Christ and for which He performed His miracle: converting water into wine – which is the wine symbolized in the Common Cup. The couple then drinks from the Common Cup, all while wearing the crowns. The crowned couple proceeds around the altar table three times. The priest leads the couple. The koumbaro/koumbara (sponsor) follow the couple around as well holding the ribbon of the crowns.

What are Stefanothiki?

Stefanothiki are crown cases. Crowns are traditionally kept in a crown case – or stefanothikes – to preserve their beauty and as a visual reminder of the sacrament of the wedding day. They may be hung in a couple’s living room, hallway, or bedroom – or wherever the married couple chooses.

Who buys the crowns?

The Koumbaro (sometimes phonetically spelled “goumbaro” or “goumbara” usually purchases:

  • The stefana / wedding crowns
  • The wedding tray – which is placed at the altar table and the wedding crowns lie on tope.
  • A stefana case to store the wedding crowns (optional as a gift)
  • The wedding candles for the couple (although sometimes purchased by the wedding couple).

The wedding couple or the brides’ side of the family usually pays for:

  • The jordan almond/boubouniera favors.
  • Martyrika / witness pins
  • The reception after the baptism.
  • Any gratuities to the priest or any charge for use of a church facility

Can the wedding crowns be passed on to children or others?

Out of sentiment, some like to pass their beloved stefana on to their children or another special family member or friend. This is a perfectly acceptable practice: the church allows for the use of a crown that has been used before.

What style of crowns is typical?

There is no standard style that is used for the crowns. Some prefer metals, some prefer crystals, some prefer pearls, some prefer porcelain flowers, and some fabrics. Crown styles used in the Greek Orthodox service vary widely – it is truly up to the preference of the bride and groom. Crown styles used in the Russian Orthodox church and Antiochian church tend to a more metal based selection. The best selection for the couple is a style they want to view in their home for the years to come.

What is the proper way to dispose of Stefana?

Stephana should not be thrown out. There are two ways that you can properly dispose of stefana: stefana may be either burned or they may be buried. Traditionally they are buried in the event when a spouse of the marriage has passed and they are laid to rest in the coffin with the departed spouse member.

They are burned in the event of a divorce, annulment, a death with no burial, or as an alternative to burying as a proper way to dispose of the stefana.

Is there a custom of burying the wedding crown(s) when someone dies?

While not a custom born from the scriptures, some Orthodox Christians observe a social custom of burying stephana with the deceased. This custom is an optional social custom and is not based on Holy Scripture. The marriage crowns can either be buried with the first or the second departing of the spousal couple. Or the stephana can be cut at the middle of the ribbon and be buried one crown with each of the spouses.

What if the Groom’s head is too big for the crown?

This is a popular concern – but not one to worry too much about. The crowns do not need to fit over the head – just lay on top of the head. While Blessed Celebration can custom make some of our crown designs to a specific size, we discourage people from requesting larger sized crowns. The reason is because the crowns need to lay on top of both the bride and grooms head. If one has a head that is quite larger and a crown is made to fit this head, then it will fall when laying on the smaller head during the exchange of crowns. If a crown is too large for a head, it will be a real problem during the service. If it is too small, it will not be a problem, the crown would just rest higher on the head.

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