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Mystical Bride of Christ

“The presentation of the the Bride of Christ, as a heavenly love interest seems to have appealed to certain priests and monks, who may not have felt entirely comfortable with the idea of having Christ as their Bridegroom. Thus began the devotion to the Bride as the wife of priests and monks, and the accompanying practice of “mystical marriage” to the Church. This provided some male mystics with their own equivalent to mystical marriage to Christ, common among their female counterparts. While Saint Gertrude the Great and other medieval nuns engaged in marriage to the Divine through Christ, many of their male contemporaries sought mystical espousal to the Divine through the Church as the Bride of Christ.”