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Marriage in the Orthodox Church
HOLY MATRIMONY is a one of the Mysteries of the Holy Orthodox Church in which a man and woman are united by the Holy Trinity. Their conjugal union is blessed by our Lord Jesus Christ through the Church. God's grace is imparted to them to live together in His love, mutually fulfilling and perfecting each other.The Mystery of marriage of the Holy Orthodox Church is steeped in ritual and symbolism. Each of the acts has special meaning and significance.
Orthodox Beliefs and Sacraments
The Orthodox and Catholic Churches recognize seven sacraments: christening, receiving communion, confession, unction, matrimony, anointing oil consecration, priesthood. Officially these seven sacraments were adopted by the Catholic Church in Lion in 1279, and some time later they were established in the Orthodox cult too.
Orthodox Church Symbols
Virtually everything you see in an Orthodox Church symbolizes and calls to mind some aspect of our meeting with eternal Divinity..
What does the word "icon" mean?
The word "icon" comes from Greek language and it means "a picture, portrait". Every picture with a person or with an event of the Holy history in it was named with this word at the first ages of the Christianity. And nowadays it names a picture we pray before. It can be painted, made of wood, mosaic etc. The icon is a picture of our Savior Jesus Christ, of the Most Holy Mother of God, of saints and also of the events from the Holy history and from the history of the Church.
Russian Orthodox Church
The Russian Orthodox Church is more than one thousand years old. According to tradition, St. Andrew the First Called, while preaching the gospel, stopped at the Kievan hills to bless the future city of Kiev. The fact that Russia had among her neighbors a powerful Christian state, the Byzantine Empire, very much contributed to the spread of Christianity in it. The south of Russia was blessed with the work of Sts Cyril and Methodius Equal to the Apostles, the Illuminators of the Slavs..
Russian Orthodox Church Today
The Russian Orthodox Church is a multi-ethnic Local Autocephalous Church maintaining communion in prayer and canon law with other Local Orthodox Churches. Her jurisdiction extends to people of Orthodox confession living in the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Latvia, Lithuania, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Estonia, as well as those Orthodox people who are her voluntary members living in other countries. In 1988, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the Millennium of the Baptism of Russia.
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