In case you are interested, the “lasso” or “rope” ceremony is all over the internet. Richard and I did the research and Richard−who is great at ceremonies−touched everyone’s hearts with his rendition. The lasso is actually made of one large loop made into two, through “tying the knot” in the center. It is a Hispanic tradition, probably originating from the Catholic Religion, where long rosary beads were used with a cross hanging between the loops over the shoulders of the bride and groom. In later years, it has become very common in protestant churches with couples of Hispanic descent, and can be made of many different materials.
Part of the excitement and beauty of this event is what a great accomplishment this wedding represented for both Hector and Palabra de Vida. Hector went through Palabra de Vida’s ten month program and was given the utmost in complements from Bill, who said with no hesitation, “And he did everything he was told to do without complaining!” He gave his life to Christ early in the program and is still a passionate follower of Christ. Since there are not many men who even graduate from the program−especially completing it the first time through−Hector himself represents another accomplishment for Palabra de Vida. Hector continued to make right choices and soon into the ‘transition’ period, he was blessed with a good job. Then, to top it off, Hector made the Godly decision to marry Tommy, rather than even considering living together!
The bride and groom did all the work. Palabra de Vida supplied the venue and Pastor Michael Galles from Cabo Church (where we attend on Sunday mornings) officiated. What Tommy’s family did in decorating the center was lovely. Even Jacki was amazed at how beautifully transformed their room for chapel services became. A caterer was hired and the men currently in the center graciously served the guests. There was also a beautiful wedding cake and the festivities included the traditional cutting of the cake. In all, it was a wonderful night and was a glorious celebration of how the power of God can transform a life!