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The Mystery of Marriage

June 13, 2009

We had a great evening last Friday … many said it was the best so far. With a dynamic presentation on the mystery of marriage by Fr. Alexander Tefft. Unfortunately, we didn’t record it – but Fr. Alexander will be sending along his notes so we can put them on the web.

He started with the wedding feast at Cana, took us through the wedding ceremony itself – the betrothal, the crowning and the dance of Isaias. He clearly explained how the purpose of marriage in Orthodoxy differed from other traditions and expectations – neither a pagan contract or an ancient Jewish means of carrying on the family life … but a mystery of martyrdom i.e. testifying to Christ.

Next week we will be examining the Mystery of Holy Unction (anointing of the sick) all welcome.

A reminder

Refreshments are served from 7.30pm and the talk starts at 8pm to allow for those who have to travel etc.

We have an introduction to a theme and then break into small groups to discuss it well – coming back together at the end for questions and a summary.

It’s a great way to meet up with people who have similar interests to you and want to know more about the Orthodox Faith.

Some external links:

Marriage in the Orthodox Church (Wiki)

On Marriage – Fr. Alexey Young

Wedding Service Booklet – Archdiocese of Australia

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