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Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« on: November 14, 2010, 07:55:31 PM »
Hi!  I am  new here and I have a question.

During a wedding ceremony in the Greek Orthodox church, does the couple receive Communion? 
If so, how does this work with a non-Greek Orthodox individual, for exampe a Catholic marrying a GO in the GO church?

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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 08:46:41 PM »
Hi!  I am  new here and I have a question.

During a wedding ceremony in the Greek Orthodox church, does the couple receive Communion? 
If so, how does this work with a non-Greek Orthodox individual, for exampe a Catholic marrying a GO in the GO church?
Not usually. They do drink wine, which is a vestige of the orginal communion. The non-Orthodox do not take communion, but do drink the wine.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010, 11:39:57 AM »
Hi!  I am  new here and I have a question.

During a wedding ceremony in the Greek Orthodox church, does the couple receive Communion? 
If so, how does this work with a non-Greek Orthodox individual, for exampe a Catholic marrying a GO in the GO church?

Holy Communion will not be received at the marriage ceremony in >99.99% of the cases; that <0.01% involves (a) special permission from the hierarch, AND (b) that the marriage be done in the context of the Divine Liturgy, AND (c) both parties are Orthodox.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2013, 11:38:59 AM »
About how long does an Orthodox wedding last?  The Mrs. and I are going to attend one this weekend.  Neither of us have ever been to one.  It helps me to know approximately how long it takes.

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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2013, 11:43:11 AM »
About an hour, probably a little less. At least that's what my experience has been.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2013, 09:45:06 PM »
About how long does an Orthodox wedding last?  The Mrs. and I are going to attend one this weekend.  Neither of us have ever been to one.  It helps me to know approximately how long it takes.

It's our shortest sacramental service.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2013, 08:24:33 AM »
Hi!  I am  new here and I have a question.

During a wedding ceremony in the Greek Orthodox church, does the couple receive Communion? 
If so, how does this work with a non-Greek Orthodox individual, for exampe a Catholic marrying a GO in the GO church?

No, however, at some parishes, the psalm verse "I will take the cup of salvation..." Is chanted which is regularly chanted during communion in feasts of the Theotokos. 

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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2013, 08:50:58 AM »
About how long does an Orthodox wedding last?  

30-40 minutes here.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2013, 10:18:43 AM »
About how long does an Orthodox wedding last?  

30-40 minutes here.

That's only if your priest doesn't go on and on making the same point 19 times over during his homily.

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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2013, 10:27:36 AM »
About how long does an Orthodox wedding last?  

30-40 minutes here.

That's only if your priest doesn't go on and on making the same point 19 times over during his homily.

Not necessarily. I've been to Greek weddings where the priest and chanters turn on the speed chant and blitz the service in half an hour flat, including a homily that lasts no longer than a minute and a half.  :P ;)
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2013, 12:00:50 PM »
About how long does an Orthodox wedding last? 

30-40 minutes here.

That's only if your priest doesn't go on and on making the same point 19 times over during his homily.

Homily on a wedding?
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2013, 12:50:32 PM »
It's fairly common in the US for a wedding to feature some sort of homily, at least in my experience. 

FWIW, our weddings last about an hour. 
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2013, 01:01:34 PM »
About how long does an Orthodox wedding last?  The Mrs. and I are going to attend one this weekend.  Neither of us have ever been to one.  It helps me to know approximately how long it takes.

It's our shortest sacramental service.
I thought that was confession. 1 min 12 sec. in my experience.now granted i haven't partaken of it in a while, so speed might have further increased.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2013, 09:25:54 PM »
About how long does an Orthodox wedding last?  The Mrs. and I are going to attend one this weekend.  Neither of us have ever been to one.  It helps me to know approximately how long it takes.

It's our shortest sacramental service.
I thought that was confession. 1 min 12 sec. in my experience.now granted i haven't partaken of it in a while, so speed might have further increased.

Not my confessions, lol.  (Yeah, I forgot confession. I was thinking more of a liturgical service, which most confessions I've experienced don't really qualify.)
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 09:26:29 PM »
It's fairly common in the US for a wedding to feature some sort of homily, at least in my experience. 

FWIW, our weddings last about an hour. 

I thought Syrian weddings took at least three days. Now I'm disappointed.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2013, 09:38:47 PM »
I was speaking only of the liturgical rite of marriage.  Cheer up!  :P
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2013, 08:09:21 AM »
It's our shortest sacramental service.

Actually, Chrismation done alone is shorter.


To tell the truth, I've never been to Orthodox wedding (neither Serbian nor Polish), because it was too complicated to us to get to Serbian for a weddings of my family members.
However, one of my acquaintances once has been to an Orthodox wedding in Poland and in her opinion it was quite long service (well, maybe 1 hour for her is long, but for RC in Poland it's normal). So I would be a bit shocked (and disappointed ;)) that Orthodox wedding is so short. Hope in my case (when I find a proper man to be my husband) it's done without any shortening  ;D
Well, actually, if it was done during the Liturgy, as it used to be in some old times, it wouldn't be so short, so that's an explanation that this service is relatively short comparing with other Orthodox services...
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2013, 08:18:01 AM »
On the topic of Greek weddings. Are there any standard abbreviations or additions in Greek practice, or is it done 'by the book'? I've been to a few, including my own, but am not familiar enough with the text to know how they compare in practice.

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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2013, 08:24:52 AM »
On the topic of Greek weddings. Are there any standard abbreviations or additions in Greek practice, or is it done 'by the book'? I've been to a few, including my own, but am not familiar enough with the text to know how they compare in practice.

I've been to dozens of Greek and Slavic weddings in my time, and all have been done "by the book". The differences in time taken were simply due to the speed of the chanting/singing.
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2013, 08:37:03 AM »
I've been to dozens of Greek and Slavic weddings in my time, and all have been done "by the book". The differences in time taken were simply due to the speed of the chanting/singing.

Good to know, thanks.

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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2013, 08:39:09 AM »
Actually, Greek marriages might be longer due to decrowning being incorporated.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2013, 08:43:23 AM »
Actually, Greek marriages might be longer due to decrowning being incorporated.

The one's I've been to lasted an hour or thereabouts.

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« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2013, 08:43:51 AM »
Actually, Greek marriages might be longer due to decrowning being incorporated.

All the Slavic marriages I've been to have included the removal of the crowns. Yet the shorter weddings have been the Greek ones.
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« Reply #23 on: July 06, 2013, 08:44:51 AM »
Actually, Greek marriages might be longer due to decrowning being incorporated.

The one's I've been to lasted an hour or thereabouts.

An hour or so is about right.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #24 on: July 06, 2013, 08:59:28 AM »
Actually, Greek marriages might be longer due to decrowning being incorporated.

All the Slavic marriages I've been to have included the removal of the crowns. Yet the shorter weddings have been the Greek ones.

None I've seen.
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« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2013, 09:03:25 AM »
Actually, Greek marriages might be longer due to decrowning being incorporated.

All the Slavic marriages I've been to have included the removal of the crowns. Yet the shorter weddings have been the Greek ones.

None I've seen.

The Slavic weddings I've attended include Russian, Serbian, and Belorussian. All included the removal of the crowns.
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Re: Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony
« Reply #26 on: July 06, 2013, 11:33:20 PM »
It lasted about 50 minutes.  Nice wedding and reception. :)