n search

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Sacrament of Marriage

The Sacrament of Marriage



 The significance of Christian vows is especially revealed in an Orthodox wedding. In addition to the fact that for those uniting in matrimony it is one of the most joyous occasions for the couple who love each other, the Church, on the threshold of their married life together, admonishes them that marital life is not only a cup of bliss, but also a commitment which requires, with the help of God, mutual effort and patience.
                For us, the Orthodox, marriage is not merely an ancient ritual, a beautiful custom, but it is a Sacrament, in which the spouses petition God's blessing, guidance and help in all their future life together. The bride and groom must prepare themselves spiritually for this great Sacrament. Also they should relegate all pomp to second place and concentrate primarily on the prayers read during this Sacrament.
                The celebration of this divine service consists of two parts: the service of betrothal and that of marriage.

Orthodox Church Pakistanwww.ocpak.compublish by: Fr. Cyril Amer