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Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

Why Is the Wedding Ring Worn on the Third Finger of the Left Hand?

Why Is the Wedding Ring Worn on the Third Finger of the Left Hand?

There is a reason for the wedding ring being worn on the third finger of the left hand. The ancient Greeks believed that a vein from that finger, referred to as the ‘Vena Amoris’ or the ‘Vein of Love’ led directly to the heart.

However, scientists have shown this is actually false. Despite this, the myth still remains regarded by many as the number one reason for rings being worn on the third finger.

Probably the main reason is that the custom was handed down from the practice of our ancestors, who found this finger more convenient for such ornaments, because it is used least of all the fingers.

For this same reason they chose the left hand, because it is used less. The tradition of wearing a wedding ring is so old that no one can really tell when the custom first began.

Another theory thought to be behind the ring being placed on the left hand by Christians seems a little more plausible. Early Christian marriages had a ritual to wear the wedding ring in the third finger.

As the priest recited during the binding ,”In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, he would take the ring and touch the thumb, the index finger, and the middle finger; then, while uttering “Amen”, he would place the ring on the ring finger, which sealed the marriage.

Content for this question contributed by Marjorie Radella, resident of Mars, Butler County, Pennsylvania, USA