What is Marriage?

Marriage the Great SacramentMarriage: The Great Sacrament

Nobody would dispute that the most important day in a person’s life, after his birth and baptism, is that of his marriage. It is no surprise, then, that the aim of contemporary worldly and institutional upheavals is precisely to crush the most honorable and sacred mystery of marriage. For many people, marriage is an opportunity for pleasures and amusements. Life, however, is a serious affair. It is a spiritual struggle, a progression toward a goal—heaven. The most crucial juncture, and the most important means, of this progression is marriage. It is not permissible for anyone to avoid the bonds of marriage, whether he concludes a mystical marriage by devoting himself to God, or whether he concludes a sacramental one with a spouse. (read more)

Marriage: Some Observations from an Orthodox Perspective

REV. FR. CHARLES JOANIDES, PH.D., LMFT

We live in a secular, postmodern age. The ideas that impact the public and private spheres of our lives are decidedly post-Christian and postmodern. As such, it is not uncommon for members of our society to view marriage as a human construction that has evolved through social consensus. It is also not unusual to hear people conceptualizing marriage as a private, personal decision that serves to enhance emotional, social, economic, and psychological well-being. Similarly, it is also not odd for people to consider marriage disposable when it ceases meeting their needs. (read more)

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