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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. Nuns (or similar laity, such as Lutheran deaconesses) in other faiths are not bound by the same celibacy vows.

More information: Wikipedia - Black Veil

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