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On a recent trip a nice nun took a picture of my family. I noticed that the nun was wearing a wedding band on her left hand. I have a vague recollection of reading somewhere that nuns are considered to be “brides of Christ”, which leads to my two-part question.

Do all nuns wear these symbolic wedding bands? If not, is this practice limited to certain religious orders, or is it an individual choice?

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I believe priests wear a wedding band as well since they are "married to God". –  TronicZomB Jul 30 '13 at 19:25
    
@TronicZomB: I have never seen a traditional priest or nun wear a wedding band. Bishops, however, wear a ring because that belongs to their office. Any priest who wears one is probably also a promoter of the married clergy. –  Geremia Sep 27 '14 at 3:20

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Roman Catholic nuns consider themselves a "Bride of Christ," and as such wear a wedding ring. This of course assumes that the nun you saw was a Roman Catholic nun. Some nuns (or similar laity, such as Lutheran deaconesses) in other faiths are not bound by the same celibacy vows or simply do not wear wedding rings.

More information: Wikipedia - Black Veil

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Actually, Orthodox nuns (and monks) have vows of celibacy also:

The monastic vows are essentially not different from those taken at baptism, with the exception of the vow of celibacy. (Source: Orthodox Christian Monasticism)

And they do not wear rings, since they believe Christ to have one Bride, the Church. For example, see these pictures:

Russian Orthodox nuns Greek Orthodox nun

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I removed your last two paragraphs because they are entirely irrelevant for this question. But decent answer otherwise! –  curiousdannii Apr 12 at 0:19
    
This is more of a correction to the other answer than an answer in its own right. –  Mr. Beatitude Apr 12 at 18:55

There are many Orders! So many ways to serve the Lord ≋♥≋ All Nuns are Brides of Christ but they may (or may not) wear a wedding ring depending on the tradition of the Order. And some that received a ring during final vows simply don't wear it because of their work.

Nuns and Monks take the traditional three: poverty, chastity and obedience (Priests do NOT vow poverty) and Orders often have extra vows- for example, Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity vow "service to the poorest of the poor"

Consecrated Virgins wear wedding rings but do not receive a habit; they live in the world but are not of the world. Some Religious Orders are discalced (no shoes/possibly sandals) some are vegetarian & some receive Communion under one form only, having taken a vow of temperance. You did not ask, but Hermetic life is going strong in our modern age also!

I hope this has been helpful. GOD BLESS EWE

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