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« on: February 19, 2005, 05:20:54 PM »

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what is the position of the Eastern orthodox church regarding mixed marriages between Orthodox /non-Orthodox and orthodox/non-christian marriages ? Does the EO church allow these marriages and recognize them as part of the sacrament of matrimony ?

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2005, 06:17:49 PM »

Orthodox Christians must be married to Christians who have been baptised with water in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  In order to be married in the Church, both persons of a couple must be Orthodox. If they are not, the service may not be the Orthodox marriage sacrament. If an Orthodox Christian marries someone who is not baptised, it doesnt matter what religion/lack of religion they are, that Christian is now not allowed to partake in the sacramental life of the Church.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2005, 07:00:11 PM »

Thanks choirfiend for the reply. Appreciated.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2005, 12:15:07 AM »

In order to be married in the Church, both persons of a couple must be Orthodox.

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In theory, this is true, but in practice, I think quite a few exceptions are made. As far as I know, the rule that an Orthodox Christian must marry someone who is at least marginally trinitarian in their faith is fairly strictly followed, as you rightly point out.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2005, 03:43:54 AM »

I haven't seen any exceptions in practice, but I dont doubt they are possible. I do wonder if the exact same service is used...
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2005, 07:31:27 AM »

The rules on this issue are jurisdiction dependent apparently. In fact, OCA, GO, and ACROD (those I'm sure of, perhaps others) do bless marriages between an Orthodox and a baptised non-Orthodox Christian provided the marriage takes place in an Orthodox Church, by an Orthodox priest (with an Orthodox "bestman"), and both parties agree to raise their children as baptised Orthodox.
This was not always the case and is an example of some local churches changing or easing the rules, in the GO case since the late 1800s.

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2005, 03:26:34 PM »

I haven't seen any exceptions in practice, but I dont doubt they are possible. I do wonder if the exact same service is used...

The weddings of this nature that I have seen, as far as I could tell, were exactly  the same as those celebrated for two Orthodox believers.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2005, 04:37:00 PM »

The Russian Church has allowed mixed marriages for some time; I am not sure about when the Greeks started allowing them--very recently I am told by some, but cannot confirm this.

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