Dating from an orthodox perspective

Single Orthodox Christians have no easy road before them, especially if they suspect that they will be married some day.

For most of history and in a large but shrinking portion of the Orthodox world today, single people did not have to worry about who they would marry: someone else chose for them. We cannot imagine not choosing our own hair style, clothing and career path; much less not choosing our own spouse.

Without understanding the role that marriage plays in this process, it can be easy to abandon the idea of finding someone who's pious and of the same faith—a task that requires much patience, an iron will, and near-constant prayer.

It frequently begins so subtly that victims may not realize what is happening. A wonderful time for family, friends, relaxing, and playing. I think there's little issue with the first, and probably with the 2nd. And the 4th is just right out unless you want to be unequally yoked to someone who may never have the same faith as you. Heck, even an Orthodox/Orthodox marriage if they can't be willing to use the same calendar (New vs. Will she be feasting when I'm fasting and vice versa? In my case, my wife had to change rite from Western to Eastern Catholic. Others may jump in, but as a Catholic myself I would say that a mixed marriage (Orthodox/Catholic) is problematic. My Easter is March 31st; what if my wife's was in May?— Father Alexey Young It's very possible to have a good life and successful relationship with someone Christian who's not Orthodox, but there's more to the purpose of marriage than simply establishing a nice life with a permanent companion.According to the Orthodox Church, the real purpose of marriage is to attain salvation. The owner of is Adam Lowell Robert and this is what I’ve learned: Adam is employed by the Antiochian Archdiocese. (There is a book he wrote on the subject of evangelism, 100 Natural Ways to Grow A Church.) He’s so good at what he does; he even has a podcast and a blog on the subject.


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