The origins of the wedding veil

We have all witnessed the wedding tradition of the new husband lifting his bride’s veil and kissing her. What is less known is that this tradition has a profound theological and spiritual origin.  Everything in the marriage ceremony symbolizes the deeper spiritual process of spiritual truth being intimately united to spiritual love.

This marital and heavenly symbolism is most readily recognized by the bride’s white dress, which almost everyone understands as representing a state of purity. The Bride’s veil however, requires deeper spiritual knowledge to derive its symbolic meaning.

In the process of spiritual growth, the human intellect seeks truth so that it can be led to sincere goodness and love in the heart. In a marriage ceremony, the Groom plays the part of this intellectual pursuit, while the Bride represents the love that waits to be discovered.

The Bride’s veil symbolizes the outer covering (veiling of truth) that corresponds to the man’s first apprehension of spiritual goodness—which is vague. Lifting his Bride’s veil symbolizes a deeper discovery and understanding of love—because the Bride’s face, which represents the beauty of love, now comes into full view.

So when the new husband kisses his new wife it represents the conjunction or unifying of a spiritually enlightened intellect with a spiritual heart. (This special ritual symbolizes how angels are created from the human race.)

According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg many ancient humans had their greatest enjoyment in making worldly traditions symbolize deeper spiritual processes.

I am just scratching the surface of this forgotten knowledge, which is necessary for the human race to regain, in order to derive new insights and teachings from the stories in God’s Holy Word, and help usher in the New Jerusalem!

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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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4 Responses to The origins of the wedding veil

  1. jesuswedding says:

    I have read that the veil is the membrane that keeps Grace up in heaven. It is equivalent to the ice Ezekiel sees above the heads of the living beings in Ezekiel 1:22.

    When one lifts the veil or tears the fabric separating the common from the Holy of Holies, then this is a metaphor that explains how Grace is released into the soul.

    • thegodguy says:

      I appreciate the comment. However, God’s grace flowing into our souls is constant (or we would perish in an instant). Grace needs to be received on the lower plane of the human heart and mind (conscience and consciousness). The soul is already cared for by the Lord God. When we lift the veil of spiritual obscurity from our lower terrestrial (common) lives God’s grace is released even down into our corporal/sensual nature and physical activity.

      Spiritually yours,

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