History of the Wedding Ring

A long time ago the wedding ring was worn on the forefinger, and was thickly studded with precious stones. People who have seen the old pictures of the Madonna in Rome will remember that in one or two of them there is a glistening ring on the forefinger of the right hand, but with Christianity came the wearing of the wedding ring on the third finger rather than the first. The old story of there being a vein that runs from that finger to the heart is nonsense. Its use originated in this way: the priest first put it on the thumb, saying, “In the name of the Father;” on the forefinger, adding, “In the name of the Son;” on the second finger, repeating, “In the name of the Holy Ghost;” and on the third finger, ending, “Amen,” and there it stayed.

 

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