Marriage

From the Orthodox Study Bible: The Bible and human history begin and end with weddings. Adam and Eve come together in marital union in Paradise, before the Fall, revealing marriage as a part of God’s eternal purpose for humanity in the midst of creation (Gen. 2:22-25). History closes with the marriage of the Bride to the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-9), earthly marriage being fulfilled in the heavenly, showing the eternal nature of the sacrament. Between these bookend events of history are the … [Read more...]

The Sacraments, Divine Mysteries of the Church

Do you know what a sacrament is?  A sacrament or divine mystery by its most basic definition is a special occasion of Divine grace. Most of us have heard of the seven main sacraments or mysteries of the Church they are: Baptism, Chrismation, Holy Communion, Confession, Holy Unction, Marriage, and Ordination.  Some people within their lifetime will receive each of the seven main sacraments while others may only participate in four or five.  Yet every Orthodox Christian receives at least three of … [Read more...]