Stefana (Wedding Crowns) and Candles
Stefana (Wedding Crowns)
The crowns express the creation of a new household, a "kingdom" which the couple is charged to rule wisely and with full responsibility to each other and to God.
The crowning is a sign of victory, just as athletes were crowned in ancient times at their triumphs. In this instance, the Bride and Groom are crowned on account of their growth as mature Christians, prepared for the responsibilities of a Christian marriage.
The crowns also represent martyrdom, sacrifice and steadfast devotion. In marriage, the couple must deny themselves and take up their cross as they relate to their spouses in building up the marriage, and to commit themselves as responsible parents to their children.