The Marriage Crucifix = No divorce
When you base your marriage on the crucifix the likely hood of divorce is pretty low. So low in fact that… “in the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Bosnia and Herzagovina, not one single divorce or broken family has been recorded in living memory among its more than 26.000* inhabitants!” How is that possible? Well…
At the wedding ceremony When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a Crucifix with them. The priest blesses the Crucifix and instead of saying that they have found the ideal partner with whom to share their lives, he exclaims, “You have found your Cross! It is a Cross to love, to carry with you, a Cross that is not to be thrown off, but rather cherished.”
When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this Crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are bound together and united to the Cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love one other in good times and in bad, proclaiming their vows to be faithful according to the rites of the Church.
Then they both first kiss the Cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the Cross. They lose Jesus! After the wedding, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same Crucifix in a place of honour. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer, for the young couple believes deeply that the family is born of the Cross.
You can read more about the Marriage Crucifix here!
I heard about this tradition many years ago and even witnessed my cousin and her husband do this at their wedding. I plan to incorporate this beautiful tradition in my wedding/marriage when the time comes! 😉
As for the better sex…. According to a study they found that devoted Catholics and other faithful Christians who attend church weekly are having better sex and more often! You can check out all the statistics and read about it here.