No Wedding Vows
October 05, 2013 Length: 11:39
Fr. Stephen notes that in an Orthodox wedding, there are no wedding vows. This stands in stark contrast to the central place vows hold in Western tradition. He suggests that the West has come to think of marriage as a "contract" between two people while the Orthodox Church thinks of it as a "union." The difference is important.
"Having grown up in a family that moved around a lot, it can be hard to leave behind my favorite Orthodox hymns from church to church and diocese to diocese—especially the beautiful melodies that distinguish Lent. Now as I am again experiencing Lent in a new town and different church for the first time, it's great to hear some of my favorite Lenten hymns on Ancient Faith. Thank you!!"