Firstly I would like to ask for all your prayers because yesterday I went to the the house of the woman I am seeing with my parents, family, and friends and gave my word (via, the parents of course). In my culture, we called it “Tenetha”, in arabic we call it “Kilma” (word), and others call it “Tulba”. Anyhow, I tried to figure out how to explain this to americans and I always did so like the following: the Tenetha is a formal recogniztion that this man and woman are interested in each other and now can go out in public without harm done to his/her name and so that no scandal will be given to the society because it is not behind the parents back. I always wanted to sum it up and apparently it can be done very easily:
The giving of one’s troth — that is, one’s true faith or promise. Betrothal, in the Catholic Church, is a deliberate and free, mutual, true promise, externally expressed, of future marriage between determinate and fit persons.
just curious, how many of you people do this type of “pre-engagment” ceremony?
Gospel of Luke 1:
26in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,27to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.
Happy Father’s day!
Mar Yousif, pray for us!