2019 Symposium Abstract 7: David Ford - "From Garden to the Eschaton: The Eternality of Marriage as Understood in the Orthodox Church"

Feast of the Venerable St Dominica the Righteous

While a minority view within the Orthodox Church would limit marriage only to this present life, the prevailing understanding has been and continues to be that marriage is meant to last forever – just as Adam and Eve shared a marital relationship that was meant to be endless, and just as Christ’s love for and intimacy with His flock are endless. This understanding of the eternality of marriage – though no longer involving marital intercourse in the next life – is very evident in the text of the Orthodox wedding service, as well as in the Lives of the Married Saints, and most emphatically in the writings of St. John Chrysostom, the Church Father who wrote the most about marriage.

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