Circling the Table (Eastern Orthodox)

Circling the Table

The priest (and sometimes the Koumbaros, too) leads the couple three times around the alter on which a Bible and cross rest. This ritual predates Christianity – it originated in Judaism- and represents the dance around the Ark of the Covenant. The choir sings three hymns as the couple circles. In this act, they take their first steps as a married couple, with the Church (through the priest) leading them.

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