Madison Square Garden Mass Wedding Couples Celebrate 40 Years of Marriage
NEW YORK — The Family Federation for World Peace and Unification USA, commonly referred to as the “Unification Church”, would like to congratulate the 2,075 couples who were married in Madison Square Garden on July 1, 1982 for the extraordinary accomplishment of celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. “The men and women gathered here for this wedding have dedicated themselves to the highest standards of love and service to God, to each other, and to all mankind,” the Reverend and Mrs. Moon said at this opportunity. Several children of these couples were blessed in marriage earlier this year, continuing the tradition of their parents.
The Holy Marriage Blessing is a worldwide tradition where couples dedicate, or re-dedicate, their marriage to a greater purpose and to God.
Mass weddings are becoming increasingly popular around the world and we are proud to say that we have been leading this effort for over 60 years. From their own wedding blessing in 1960, Reverend Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon called on men and women to transcend race and religion, rebuilding the family as the vehicle for true, lasting love. and the cornerstone of world peace through blessing. This tradition of God-centered marriage provides a powerful model for building a family of true love and expanding in life, to establish a foundation for lasting peace.
While many couples hold individual wedding ceremonies, Unification Church mass wedding ceremonies are a unique experience for couples who receive the Holy Blessing upon their union. We see marriage not just as a ceremony to bring two individuals together, but as representatives of what world peace can look like through generational and cultural healing. By entering into a relationship alongside other couples, they make a public promise to bring joy to God by loving each other.
Based on current projections, it is estimated that 45% of all marriages in America will end in divorce. From 2012 to 2018, less than 5% of couples who received the Blessing divorced.
For more information on the Holy Marriage Blessing, please visit familyfed.org.
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