Marriage

“Marriage is not between two but three, the husband, the wife and God. And for it to be successful the three must perfectly cooperate and become a Holy Trinity.”

Fr Demosthenes Nicolaou

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“The husband and the wife should be like the hand and the eye. When the hand hurst, the eyes should be crying. And when the eyes cry, the hand should wipe away the tears.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“There is no relationship between human beings so close as that of a husband and wife, if they are united as they ought to be.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Marriage is the key of moderation and harmony of desires, the seal of a deep friendship… United in the flesh, one spirit, they urge each other on by the good of their mutual love. For marriage does not remove God, but brings all closer to Him, for it is God Himself Who draws us to it.”

Saint Gregory the Theologian

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“If a man and woman marry in order to be companions on the journey through Earth to Heaven, then their union will bring great joy to themselves and to others.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“When someone marries, he does so in order that his wife may be his helper for Salvation. He must show love, and they must struggle for their Salvation.”

Saint Sophrony of Essex

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“Remember from the moment you marry, he says, you will have much pain, you will suffer, and your life will be a Cross, but a Cross blossoming with flowers. Your marriage will have its joys, its smiles, and its beautiful things. But during the days of sunshine, remember that all the lovely flowers conceal a Cross, which can emerge into your sunshine at any moment.”

Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra

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“Children are gifts from God… When people marry and God gives children, they should Glorify God. If God does not give children, they should be calm and not worry.”

Saint Sophrony of Essex

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“Marriage is more than human. It is… a miniature kingdom, which is the little house of the Lord.”

Saint Clement of Alexandria

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“The aim of marriage is for the couple to collaborate with God, so that they will give birth to sons and daughters of God. Prayer is needed when choosing. In order for them to make a good choice, much Prayer is needed that the suitable person may be given for this purpose.”

Saint Sophrony of Essex

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“The love of husband and wife is the force that welds society together. Men will take up arms and even sacrifice their lives for the sake of this love. Saint Paul would not speak so earnestly about this subject without serious reason; why else would he say, ‘Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord’? Because when harmony prevails, the children are raised well, the household is kept in order, and neighbours, friends, and relatives praise the result. Great benefits, both of families and states, are thus produced. When it is otherwise, however, everything is thrown into confusion and turned upside-down.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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