Orthodoxy and dating

The family created by this sacrament is a small church.The Orthodox Church teaches that man is made in the image of the Trinity, and he is not intended by God to live alone, but in a family, except in special cases.

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The word Orthodox literally means "straight teaching" or "straight worship," being derived from two Greek words: orthos, "straight," and doxa, "teach­ing" or "worship." As the encroachments of false teaching and division multiplied in early Christian times, threatening to obscure the identity and purity of the Church, the term "Orthodox" quite logically came to be applied to it.At the end of the service the newly married couple drink from the same cup of wine.This common cup is a symbol of the fact that after this they will share a common life with one another.The rings are blessed by the priest in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.The couple then exchange the rings, taking the bride's ring and placing it on the groom's finger and vice-versa.

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