First Steps

If you are thinking of getting married, contact the priest and arrange for premarriage counseling. It is required. The Church welcomes marriage partners of a different Christian faith. If you are involved in an interfaith partnership, browse the Interfaith Marriage Web Site. It contains a lot of useful information. Please be aware that you cannot be married outside of the Orthodox Church and remain a member of the Eastern Orthodox faith. If you marry outside of the Church you will be barred from the sacraments, becoming a sponsor at a wedding or baptism, and from receiving a Orthodox funeral. Marriage to a non-Christian is not permitted.