Orthodox church marriage dating
When a marriage service developed in the Church, it was patterned after the service for baptism and chrismation. It is not a juridical contract, it is a spiritual bond.The couple is addressed in a way similar to that of the individual in baptism. The marriage service is divided into two parts, in earlier times held separately, but now celebrated together.If she had not been willing, I would not have married her.It's sometimes difficult to express to single young folks just how difficult it is to keep marriages together in modern society, AND then it's even more difficult to have a Christ-centered family life on top of that.The mystery of marriage, in the Church, gives a man and a woman the possibility to become one spirit and one flesh in a way which no human love can provide by itself.
The rings are blessed by the priest in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
The same Trinitarian mystery of unity in diversity applies to the doctrine of marriage as it does to the Church.