Never criticise what God praises

St Joachim and St Anna

St Joachim and St Anna, parents of the Virgin Mary

IT can be maintained that in the Church the people are not divided simply into unmarried and married, but into people who live in Christ and people who do not live in Christ.

Thus on the one hand we have people who have the Holy Spirit and on the other hand people who do not have the Holy Spirit.

Moreover, in the first Church, as it seems in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul, all the Christians, unmarried and married, lived like monks, because even marriage has its asceticism.

Therefore, if some monk criticises marriage in Christ, he shows that he has a problem with the monastic life, and if a married person criticises and looks askance at the monastic life, it means that he has a problem with the way in which he is living his life.

A good monk never criticises what God praises and a good married person never criticises anything that God praises, such as the monastic life.

It is characteristic that the best homily about Virginity is said to have been composed by St. Gregory of Nyssa, who was married: and a man who was unmarried, St. Amphilochios of Ikonio [Wikipedia], wrote excellent things about the married life.

Metroplitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos, in “The Mind Of The Orthodox Church” Chapter VI § f. Online at the Birth of the Theotokos Monastery.

By coincidence, Salt of the Earth has a post on marriage today, too.

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ONLY three liturgical services (Baptism, Marriage, and Eucharist) begin with the doxology: “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.”

This is because Eucharist, the sacrament of the Kingdom, is the self-evident fulfillment of Baptism and Matrimony, both sacraments of new life in the Church.

From the website of St Constantine and St Helena Orthodox Church, Indianapolis, IN.

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MAY he who by his presence at Cana declared marriage honourable, Christ our true God, through the prayers of his all-pure Mother, of the holy, glorious and all-praised Apostles, of the holy Sovereigns crowned by God and Equals of the Apostles, Constantine and Helen, of the holy great Martyr Prokopios and all the Saints, have mercy on us and save us, for he is good and loves mankind.

From the Crowning Service. Translation from Anastasis.

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