Wedding ceremony in the Church
Many processes taking place on earth, particularly between people, carry the image of greater spiritual phenomena. Marriage, which takes place in the image of Christ’s Union with the Church, is no exception. The Orthodox Church crowns only believers, and people of the opposite sex baptized in Christ, who wish to seal and sanctify their marital Union by the grace of the Holy spirit.
Adam and Eve the sixth day (period) of his creation, God created man. And he gave him the name Adam, which means-taken from the earth. Since his body was created by God from the same material as the bodies of all earthly creatures. But there was no man equal to him assistant, among other living beings on earth. Then the Lord put Adam to sleep soundly, and from his rib created a wife, whom he called eve, which means-the mother of all people. Adam was very grateful to God for his wife. And the Lord blessed their Union, saying, ” be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and possess it.”
And the incarnate Son of God himself sanctified the marriage by his presence at the wedding feast at Cana of Galilee, where he performed his first miracle. At the request of his most pure Mother, Jesus Christ turned plain water into wine when the feasters lacked it. This the Lord did in order that nothing could Mar the joy of such a great event in the fate of two people – the beginning of their marriage.
What carries the sacrament of marriage
Many processes taking place on earth, particularly between people, carry the image of greater spiritual phenomena. Marriage, which takes place in the image of Christ’s Union with the Church, is no exception. To which the Holy Apostle Paul said: “this mystery is great; I speak in relation to Christ and to the Church.” Therefore, the life of each married couple should be such that it becomes an earthly icon of the spiritual life of the Church and Christ.
What carries the sacrament of marriage as Christ loves the Church, so a husband should love his wife. The Lord so loved people that for the sake of our salvation he voluntarily gave his life, without hindering the crucifixion of his body on the cross. So should a husband selflessly love his wife; and never put his personal interests and desires above the interests of his wife. Wife, in response, to voluntarily, lovingly obey her husband.
Christ’s Union with the Church was accomplished once, and forever. And nothing can ruin it, no evil power can do it. Because the basis of this Union is love, which does not seek its own good, but good to the one to whom it is directed. Therefore, in the image of this Union, those who marry must do so once, and for the rest of their lives. And throughout his life be sure to remain faithful to each other.
Although Church case and blesses in some cases get married the second or even in third times. But this is only condescension to the infirmities of the people, choosing the lesser of two evils. Let, for example, a young widow marry again, than begin to live dissolutely. Or a young man divorced from his first wife, because of her constant infidelity, it is better to marry again, if he can not live alone.
If husband and wife will be able to purchase to each other selfless love, and throughout life multiply its, and so same to store loyalty each other, they will gain happiness, and huge joy already here on earth. Otherwise, their cohabitation will turn into a living hell. Not only will each of them be tormented by his egoism, but they will torment each other with the same egoism.
How is the wedding ceremony
The Orthodox Church crowns only believers, and people of the opposite sex baptized in Christ, who wish to seal and sanctify their marital Union by the grace of the Holy spirit.
The betrothal the priest thrice blesses the bride and groom with lighted candles, which gives them in hand, as the signs of conjugal love, blessed Gospodaresti you and your partner (fiancee), enter into this category of people, then you need to go to the temple, and there to negotiate about the day when one of the clergy will be able to marry. Mirsovetov reminds: it is necessary to take into account that the wedding ceremony is not performed in the days of great lent, and in the Great Church holidays, such as Easter, Christmas and others.
It is very desirable that you get married immediately after the divine Liturgy, where you could pray hard, and partake of the Body and Blood of Christ.
The wedding is preceded by the betrothal of the future spouses, which is now usually performed immediately before the wedding itself. At the betrothal, the priest blesses the bride and groom three times with lighted candles, which he puts into their hands as signs of conjugal love blessed by the Lord.
Then the priest blesses and betroth them with rings, previously placed on the Throne for consecration, as a sign of the inviolability of the Union into which the bride and groom want to enter. Candles, whom you will bless priest, needs buy in temple, or in a special Church boutique, already consecrated. For wedding are sold special, large and usually very beautiful candles. It is desirable that their appearance be able to somehow display the contents and virtue of your love.
Wedding rings are also desirable to buy in the Church or Church shop already consecrated. But Mirsovetov would like to note that this is not a mandatory condition, since the main consecration of the rings is accomplished by touching the Holy See.
Wedding calcari the rite during the rite of wedding you also need a white linen towel or other sort of tissue, but not Terry. It is desirable that it was completely new, which never nobody used it, as a sign of renewal and purity of your future life. This towel will need to be kept all their life together.
At the wedding, the priest blesses the future spouses with two icons: the Savior and his most pure Mother. These icons you can buy in advance by selecting your favorite. Just make sure before the wedding ceremony let’s bless ourselves and you have the crowning of the priest, so these are the icons you were blessed with them during the sacrament.
If you do not buy icons in advance, then there is nothing wrong. They will be prepared for your arrival by the servants of the temple, who will be engaged in preparing everything necessary for the performance of this sacrament. And, of course, surely such icons will also become a huge family value for you, as one of the consequences of your Union. But it’s better if the appearance of icons blessed you will be closest to your heart. Therefore, it is better to choose them yourself, and buy in advance.
The wedding sanctifies the marital Union, and by the power of God makes it in all its depth more durable, as well as guarantees the constant help of God to his small Church, which should grow into a marriage Union of husband and wife. Without grace (the special power of God) it is impossible to achieve family happiness. And married, loving each other, and God spouses, the grace of God is abundantly served.