The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Recognition of the end of a marriage

A ceremony of healing and hope

Ideally when a marriage fails, both partners should come together in the context of the faith community, seeking forgiveness of and extending forgiveness to one another This, of course, is not always possible or desirable. Sometimes the animosity between the former partners is too great, and the wounds are too raw, to permit civil discourse. When such is the case, the partners of the broken union are encouraged to seek the faith community separately, and to accept God's healing grace mediated through prayer, touch, and forgiveness. This ritual of healing and hope, conducted by a compassionate person, is suitable for use with only one participant, or with several.

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