Thursday, July 18 2024

Why the wedding ceremony should always take place on Sunday, according to our religion

Countless discussions are taking place in Greece these days about the ritual of marriage and specifically about the marriage of same-sex couples. But how much do we really know about the religious sacrament itself and why does the Greek Orthodox Church believe that weddings should take place on a Sunday?

HDN Newsroom

The preparation of prospective couples for marriage begins with the setting of the date.

According to the Church, marriage and baptism are performed on Sunday during the Divine Liturgy.

Over time, however, and with the change of living conditions, the wedding was detached from the Divine Liturgy and takes place separately on other days.

The most appropriate day, however, for a sacrament of joy, such as a wedding, remains Sunday.

Weddings should not take place on fasting days, such as Wednesday and Friday. And they certainly do not take place during fasting periods, such as Great Lent and other well-known periods, when Orthodox Christians fast.

The apostle Paul calls Christian marriage a "great sacrament." This is what our Church accepts. This is what Christians believe. And that is why it is imperative that the future spouses prepare spiritually for the blessed hour of the sacrament of their marriage.

Unfortunately, we are often absorbed in preparations for very minor matters and miss spiritual preparation for the mystery itself.

What the Greek Orthodox Church proposes:

– To seek to confess to their spiritual father and ask for his blessing.
– To attend church and partake of the Body and Blood of our Lord.
– Pray fervently for this milestone in their lives, such as wedding time.
– Through the reading of one of the remarkable books that are in circulation, to deepen the meaning of Christian marriage.