You never know where attending a wedding will lead. In our case, it commingled the catholic and protestant traditions. At the same hotel, we had a preview of Hindu and Jewish families in a three-day celebration. I can remember the days not long ago, where these were rare if not impossible circumstances. In a climate of fear and mistrust, it is a great reminder of the sustainability of love and hope.

The turbulent lives of older generations create an atmosphere of prejudice and skepticism. Younger generations accept people for who they are and welcome the diversity of humanity. Weddings express the love of one another; they represent the integration of families, traditions, and beliefs. The wedding ceremony from public consent and commitment announce a hopeful future.

The wedding ceremony itself with its rituals reconnect the physical and spiritual essence of who we are. The wedding celebration reaffirms the beginning of new traditions. The sacrament of marriage is the only ritual where the couple administrate the ceremony. The minister or officiator, family and friends are witnesses to the ceremony. This marks the journey from independence to cooperation. The Hispanic Lasso Ceremony is a ritual that symbolically binds the couple – indicating the necessity to work together. Each culture has its own symbolic traditions and symbols.

Sacrament are spiritual signs marking the passage of time and growth. Baptism welcomes the new born to life. Confirmation and Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrates the coming of age. In each case, these are public ceremonies where the community acknowledges these progressive phases of life. These rituals are the way in which we celebrate the hope of the future. The hope signals how each individual is an intricate unit of society. You never know when expressions of love and hope appear in your life!