There are certain days throughout the year when marriage is not allowed to be performed in the Greek Orthodox Church. This includes the 40 days of Great Lent before Easter.
Here are the calendar dates when a marriage can not be performed:
- During Great Lent, Holy Week & Pascha – Easter
- August 1-15 – Dormition Fast and Feast
- August 29 – Beheading of St. John the Baptist
- September 14 – Exaltation of the Holy Cross
- December 13-25 – Nativity
- December 24-25 – Christmas
- January 5 & 6 – Theophany
- The day before or on the day of any Great Feast
- Not on any fast days or during fasting seasons
What Should You Do If You Want To Be Married During This Time?
If a couple wishes to be married on any of these days they must first seek permission.
Here is what you can do:
- Check your calendar and see if there are any other dates that might be suitable for your wedding.
- Have 1 or 2 back up dates in your mind… just in case.
- Speak to your Priest and check the availability of the date.
- If your ‘ideal’ wedding date falls on a day when marriage is not permitted then you can seek special permission to do so.
- Only some exceptions are granted. This is done on a case by case basis.
- Have a list of reasons why you wish to have your wedding on the desired date.
- If your Priest accepts your suggestion, he will need to write a letter on your behalf to the Hierarch to ask for permission.
- Permission can only be granted by the Diocesan Bishop.
For more information about marriage in the Orthodox Church please visit GOARCH.
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