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'''Marriage''' (also, '''matrimony''') is one of the seven [[holy mysteries]] or [[sacraments]] in the Orthodox Church, as well as many other [[Christian]] traditions. It serves to unite a woman and a man in eternal union before God, with the purpose of following Christ and His [[Gospel]] and raising up a faithful, holy [[family]] through their holy union. It is referred to extensively in both the [[Old Testament|Old]] and [[New Testament]]s. Christ declared the essential indissolvibility of marriage in the Gospel.
A [[wedding]] is the holy ceremony which joins the spouses-to-be.
==Family Life==
* [ Raising Children With Christ, Compassion, and Commitment] by Fr. Peter E. Gillquist (''Again Magazine'' and ''Beliefnet'')
==See also==
*[[Pastoral Guidelines#Weddings|Pastoral Guidelines for Weddings]]

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