The Orthodox Church embodies a living Tradition that integrates a long, unbroken practice of marriage with its theology, cosmology, liturgy, mystical asceticism, and anthropology. As such, the Church has a great deal to offer all those who desire to come to a deeper understanding of marriage and family life.
This collection draws upon the riches of this Tradition to present an inspiring vision of Christian marriage, and to offer insights and guidance about marriage and family life that are adapted to modern questions and challenges, yet grounded firmly in the global teaching and practice of the Church.
The experienced clergy, scholars, and professionals contributing to this volume come from a wide variety of Orthodox Christian communities present in North America, including the Orthodox Church in America, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, and the Antiochian, Greek, and Serbian Orthodox Archdioceses of America.
Dr David C. Ford is Professor of Church History at St Tikhon’s Orthodox Seminary, South Canaan, PA. and is the author of Women and Men in the Early Church: The Full Views of St. John Chrysostom.
Dr Mary S. Ford is Associate Professor of New Testament at St Tikhon’s Seminary. Together the Fords wrote Marriage as a Path to Holiness: Lives of Married Saints.
Dr Alfred K. Siewers is Warden of Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Mission Church and Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University.
Introduction: “Crown Them With Glory and Honor”
Drs David C. Ford, Mary S. Ford, and Alfred Kentigern Siewers (co-editors)
The Glory of Marriage
Dr David C. Ford, St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
Theophany, Liturgy, and the Appearance of Marriage at Three Fractal Levels
Dr Timothy Patitsas, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; with Melissa Likiardopoulos, Fordham University
Sacred Image, Sacred Marriage
Presvytera Kerry Pappas, LMFT, Marriage and Family Ministry, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
How to “Make” Love: Living a Scriptural Understanding of Love, Instead of Dying for Romantic Love
Fr Daniel Mackay, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the West
The Glory of Virginity before Marriage
Fr Dn Matthew Joyner, St Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Common Cup, Common Crucible: Preparing for the Salvation of Marriage
Fr John Oliver, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America
The High and Holy Calling of Being a Wife
Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America
The High and Holy Calling of Being a Husband
Dr Philip Mamalakis, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Sexual Intimacy in an Orthodox Marriage
Dr Albert S. Rossi, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Transfiguring “Voluptuous Choice”: Christian Marriage as a Spiritual Path
Fr Dn Stephen Muse, Ph.D., LFMT, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America
Lessons from the River Oka: Toward an