Sacrament of Marriage
God is active in our lives. It is He who joins a man and a woman in a relationship of mutual love. The Sacrament of Marriage bears witness to His action. Through this Sacrament, a man and a woman are publicly joined as husband and wife. They enter into a new relationship with each other, God, and the Church. Since Marriage is not viewed as a legal contract, there are no vows in the Sacrament. According to Orthodox teachings, Marriage is not simply a social institution, it is an eternal vocation of the kingdom. A husband and a wife are called by the holy Spirit not only to live together but also to share their Christian life together so that each, with the aid of the other, may grow closer to God and become the persons they are meant to be. In the Orthodox Marriage Service, after the couple have been betrothed and exchanged rings, they are crowned with "crowns of glory and honor" signifying the establishment of a new family under God. Near the conclusion of the Service, the husband and wife drink from a common cup which is reminiscent of the wedding of Cana and which symbolized the sharing of the burdens and joys of their new life together.
(Taken from www.goarch.org/ourfaith/ourfaith7105)
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Marriage Preparation Seminars
Preparing for marriage is truly a beautiful period of expectation and joy. As you get ready for the *big day*, it is also important to spend time getting ready for the days that follow that *big day.* As you know, Holy Matrimony is not only a Sacrament at the time of the ceremony, but also throughout life. At St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, we invite all couples getting married to participate in a Marriage Preparation Seminar where you can discuss issues related to marriage, the struggles along the way, and strategies for preparing for the journey. All couples are required to participate in one of these workshops, prior to your wedding date.
Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10am-3pm
Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 10am-3pm
Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10am-3pm
Saturday, August 13, 20116 from 10am-3pm
Saturday, September 102016 from 10am-3pm
Saturday,November 12, 20116 from 10am-3pm
Please RSVP to Fr. John at firstname.lastname@example.org