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And just as God blessed the first family, commanding Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, so the Church now gives its blessing to the union of man and woman.

The mystery of marriage, in the Church, gives a man and a woman the possibility to become one spirit and one flesh in a way which no human love can provide by itself.

Married life, no less than monastic life, is a special vocation, requiring a particular gift or charisma from the Holy Spirit, a gift bestowed in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

The same Trinitarian mystery of unity in diversity applies to the doctrine of marriage as it does to the Church.

This also recalls the miracle at the marriage feast of Cana in Galilee.

The mystery of marriage can only be available to those who belong to the Church, i.e., to communicants.

While condemning sin, the Church desires to help the sinners and to allow them another chance, with an act of oikonomia .

When a marriage has ceased to be a reality, the Orthodox Church faces the reality with philanthropia (loving kindness).

The couple is addressed in a way similar to that of the individual in baptism. The marriage service is divided into two parts, in earlier times held separately, but now celebrated together.

At the Betrothal service, the chief ceremony is the blessing and exchange of rings.

It is referred to extensively in both the Old and New Testaments.

Christ declared the essential indissolvibility of marriage in the Gospel.

Then they exchange them again, symbolizing that each spouse will constantly be complementing and enriching the other by the union.