Marriage: An Orthodox Perspective by John Meyendorff

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 out seeing Christian marriage within the context of the Eucharist... The very inspiration of marriage as a sacrament presupposed guy is not just a being with physiological, mental, and social services, yet that he's a citizen of God's state, i.e., that his whole life'and particularly its such a lot decisive moments'involve everlasting values and God Himself.' this wonderful examine on Christian marriage is a helpful source for someone trying to comprehend the Orthodox viewpoint 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 legislations, sacramental lifestyles, and modern society. particular matters mentioned comprise: moment marriages, 'mixed' marriages, divorce, abortion, kinfolk making plans and in charge parenthood, married clergy, celibacy, and the monastic existence. crucial studying for all pastors, it's also necessary for fogeys, newlyweds and people getting ready or the sacrament of marriage.

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24: 1-4). But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adul­ tery. " He answered, "Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one' ? So they are no longer two but one. " He said to them, "For your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.

And yet, to our sorrow, that is our desire in every case. Yes, if we have a son, we worry about how we might find him a rich wife, and not about how he might develop a virtuous nature; nor about how he might develop into a well-mannered person, but how he might become well-monied: if we engage in business, we do not think about how it might be free from sin, but how it might bring in the most profit. Everything has become money, and therefore everything is corrupted and ruined, because that passion for money possesses us.

For if you make her "holy and without blemish" everything else will follow. those that belong to man will follow soon enough. Instruct your wife, and the whole of your household will be in order and harmony. 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 ...

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