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« on: July 17, 2010, 06:56:55 PM »

Are non-Orthodox and non-Christians allowed to be bestmen and bridesmaids in Orthodox weddings?
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010, 06:58:02 PM »

There are best men and bridesmaids in Orthodox weddings?  Huh
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2010, 07:01:13 PM »

There are best men and bridesmaids in Orthodox weddings?  Huh

As far as I can tell? I imagine practices differ by country.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2010, 07:15:17 PM »

Cultivate good Orthodox friends so this won't be a dilemma!
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2010, 07:20:25 PM »

Just curious.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2010, 07:28:29 PM »

Well, maybe it is normal, lol. We just didn't have those at our wedding, but then it was sort of an emergency wedding, and I'm sure there was a lot of abnormal stuff going on. I don't know the answer to your question, though I would assume it'd be ok to have non-Orthodox in those capacities.
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« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2010, 07:42:24 PM »

Are non-Orthodox and non-Christians allowed to be bestmen and bridesmaids in Orthodox weddings?
My ex's maid of honor was a nominal Orthodox. My best men was a communicant of the Vatican, as were two bridesmaids.  My relatives of the bestmen and bridesmaids were Lutherans. One of the groomsmen was a Muslim.  One was a recent convert who shortly thereafter went to Mt. Athos, was rebaptized (after being chrismated) and last I heard was in the monestary in AZ.
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« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2010, 08:40:41 PM »

In the GOA, at least, the kmbaros "best man" and kumbara "maid of honor" must be Orthodox; specifically, who ever does the exchanging of the rings and the crowning must be Orthodox.  This is because they are intimate participants on an Orthodox Mystery.  I think the rule about other groomsmen and bridesmaids is more liberal.  It is traditional among the Greeks that the kumbaros gets to name and stand godfather to the firstborn son of the marriage, and only an Orthodox Christian can be godparent to another Orthodox Christian.
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« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2010, 09:00:42 PM »

The Greek word for the Sponsor in Marriage is "paranymphos" and is both
masculine and feminine. In other words, the Sponsor, the person whose functions
it is in the ceremony to exchange the rings and/or the crowns, may be a man or a
woman. The Sponsor must, however, be of the Orthodox faith, free of any
impediment as regards Church law, and a practicing member of the Church. This is why at least ONE sponsor needs to be Orthodox. Other members of the bridal party are not required to be of the
Orthodox faith.

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