The fourth finger on the left hand (counting from the thumb to the left) was believed to enclose a special vein that was connected directly to the heart. This ancient belief had its origin in ancient Egypt and then continued with the Greeks and Romans. The belief was denominated in the Latin phrase, ‘vena amoris’, translated to mean ‘vein of love’.
Archival evidence dated to 6,000 years ago, established the commonly held belief that the first examples of wedding rings were found in ancient Egypt. Relics, including papyrus scrolls, are evidence of the exchange of braided rings of hemp or reeds between the spouses.
Western customs of wearing wedding rings traced to ancient Rome and Greece, were transmitted to the present through Christendom in Europe, which adopted the pagan customs.
Historically, the wedding ring was connected to the exchange of valuables at the moment of the wedding rather than as a symbol of eternal love and devotion. It was a sign of “earnest money”. According to the 1549 edition of the ‘Book of Common Prayer, used by the Anglican Communion, as well as by other Christian churches, note: after the words “with this ring I thee wed” at which point the groom was supposed to hand a leather purse filled with gold and silver coins to the bride. It is a relic of a time when marriage was a contract between families, not individuals lovers.
There's a chill in the air; how about something warm and comforting for dinner? Our Hearty Chicken & Corn Soup is going to warm up your kitchen and the hearts of everyone gathered around the kitchen table. There's nothing better than a creamy soup studded with corn, spinach, potatoes, and tender chicken. This is hearty and comforting at its best.
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 5 1/4 cups chicken broth
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
- 3 (14-3/4-ounce) cans cream-style corn
- 1 (9-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper