"The Gods bring Wedding Gifts" — Gayley, 1893

Gods Wedding

"The Gods bring Wedding Gifts" — Gayley, 1893

"But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding-garment? And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and cast him out into the outer darkness; there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few chosen." Matthew 22:11-14 ASV
<p>Illustration of a king casting out improperly-dressed guest from the wedding feast for his son. Other guests sit in the background. The king holds a scepter.

Parable of the Marriage Feast

"But when the king came in to behold the guests, he saw there a man who had not on a wedding-garment:…

An illustration of a betrothal party. Betrothal is a formal state of engagement to be married. Historically betrothal was a formal contract, blessed or officiated by a religious authority. Betrothal is no longer common beyond some Arab cultures, in Judaism and in Islam.

Engagement Party

An illustration of a betrothal party. Betrothal is a formal state of engagement to be married. Historically…

A marriage under the Republic of the French Revolution.

Republic Marriage

A marriage under the Republic of the French Revolution.

Bride and groom.

Wedding

Bride and groom.

An illustration of a wedding procession in 1870.

Wedding Procession

An illustration of a wedding procession in 1870.