The Sacrament of matrimony is the holy service through which the bridegroom and the bride are united together and given the divine grace, which sanctifies their matrimonial union, makes it perfect and spiritual like the unity of Christ and the church.
III. Ends of Marriage
There are three ends of marriage.
IV. The Outward Sign.
There are three outward signs in this sacrament:
V. The Invisible Grace.
The function of this sacrament is:
VI. Obligations of the Husband & Wife
(1) Before marriage
1. Both should be Christians, because Christ’s grace cannot be given to non-Christians, whether in this sacrament or other sacraments.
(2) At Marriage:-
Since matrimony is one of the church sacraments, marriage should be through the church. It is the duty of the priests to teach their congregation that every marriage should be in the church, and that the church does no allow any marriage performed outside it.
(3) After Marriage:-
1. The husband should have only one wife, and the wife should have only one husband. “And He answered and said unto them, ,have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female and said. For this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife; and the twain shall be one flesh.” (Matt. 19:4, 5)
VII. Who has the Right to Celebrate the Sacrament?
This right is given to priests. Bishops can also celebrate the sacrament.
Rev. Marcos Daoud, The Orthodox Church Sacraments,
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