By John Meyendorff
The writer writes: 'It is most unlikely to appreciate both the recent testomony doctrine on marriage, or the very constant perform of the Orthodox Church with no seeing Christian marriage within the context of the Eucharist... The very concept of marriage as a sacrament presupposed guy is not just a being with physiological, mental, and social features, yet that he's a citizen of God's state, i.e., that his complete life'and specifically its such a lot decisive moments'involve everlasting values and God Himself.' this glorious research on Christian marriage is a worthwhile source for a person looking to comprehend the Orthodox point of view on marriage. In it John Meyendorff examines marriage within the Church from the contexts of Judaism and the recent testomony, the early Church and Roman legislation, sacramental lifestyles, and modern society. particular concerns mentioned comprise: moment marriages, 'mixed' marriages, divorce, abortion, family members making plans and dependable parenthood, married clergy, celibacy, and the monastic lifestyles. crucial analyzing for all pastors, it's also valuable for folks, newlyweds and people getting ready or the sacrament of marriage.
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Hear what Paul says. " (I Cor. 14:35) 1£ we regulate our households in this manner, we will also be fit for the management of the Church. For indeed the household is a little Church. Therefore, it is possible for us to surpass all others (in our ac complishments and esteem) hy becoming good husbands and wives ... 88 MARRIAGB: AN ORTHODOX PBRSPECTIVB "My own": a cursed phrase If you are inclined to entertain and give dinner parties, there should be nothing disorderly or immodest about them. And if you should find some poor, saintly man who just by stepping his foot into your house would bring in the whole blessing of God, invite him.
The Christian faith is not only truth about God and His Kingdom, it is also truth about man. The Christian doc trine of marriage is, indeed, a joyful responsibility; it gives legitimate satisfaction to the soul and the body; it shows what it means to be truly man; it bestows upon man the ineffable joy of giving life, in the image of his Creator, who gave life to the first man. To underline and express more fully the unity of the Orthodox tradition on marriage, we present, in appendices several fundamental scriptural texts on the meaning of marriage, and also passages written by saints or wise men of the past or of modern times.
Can one understand the full meaning of this warning by the Lord-probably one of the most revealing of the entire Gospel-if one deliberately deprives oneself from having children? In fact, childbirth and raising of children are indeed a great joy and God's blessing. There can be no Christian marriage without an immediate and impatient desire of both parents to receive and share in this joy. A marriage where children are unwelcome is founded upon a defective, egoistic and fleshly form of love. , without a conscious, or unconscious desire to be a true imitator of the life-creating Father of all.