The Eastern Orthodox faith includes people from the Mediterranean region as Greeks, Cypriots and Lebanese, and the more Eastern groups, including Russians and Romanians. Our shop strives to offer all items needed for Eastern Orthodox Weddings. We understand that traditions between the churches may differ and our knowledge is limited. The focus of our products is for Greek Orthodox Weddings and Baptisms. We would like to hear from you and learn the traditions of your church, as it is our goal is to be able to offer products needed at all Eastern Orthodox churches.
The Orthodox wedding is part of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, one of the seven sacred mysteries of the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is the first Divine blessing God bestowed on human beings after their creation. Matrimony blessed in the Church is not simply a secular or social event. It is a Sacrament in which the husband and wife receive God's grace and become sanctified agents of God's purpose in the marriage. The unity of the couple into one flesh is achieved by the work of the Holy Spirit.
The Sacrament of Baptism unites us into the Church, the Body of Christ. The one baptized "receives the Holy Spirit without knowing it, and Divine Grace dwells in him from then on." (St. Paisios 'Spiritual Awakening' pg 214) It is through baptism that one becomes of fully participating member of the Church. During the Sacrament, the child is immersed into the waters three times in the name of the Holy Trinity. This immersion identifies that one dies to the old ways of sin and is born to a new life in Christ. All attending the Baptism then, publicly testify to Christ's Death and glorious Resurrection.