Premarital Preparation For Interfaith Couples
Research indicates that premarital preparation has a positive impact on marriage. Outcome studies clearly indicate that premarital preparation can have a strong positive effect on couple communication, relationship quality, individual adjustment after marriage, and the well-being of a couple's future children. Research also indicates that couples who have been through premarital preparation programs have a divorce rate that is considerably lower than that of the general public. Premarital preparation, therefore, is like preventive medicine that makes good sense.
Premarital Preparation Topics Menu:
- Premarital Preparation Information for Clergy and Lay Persons
There are a number of excellent materials that clergy and lay persons can utilize in their efforts to prepare couples to marry.
- Instructions for Weddings
For the union of a man and woman to be recognized as sacramentally valid by the Orthodox Church, the following conditions must be met:
- The Touchy Issue of Conversion
Over the past several months I’ve received a number of E-mails and calls related to the issue of conversion. So, I thought it was time to focus some additional attention on this potentially touchy issue.
- A Short Summary of the Sacrament of Marriage
Before discussing the Sacrament of Marriage, I think it’s important that I provide you with a working definition of a sacrament from an Orthodox and Christian perspective.
- Guidelines When Looking for the Love of Your Life
As a married priest, couple’s therapist and researcher, I have had the privilege to counsel hundreds of couples. While doing this work, oneconclusion that I have drawn is that good marriages do not simplymaterialize out of thin air.
- Should we or Shouldn't we Live Together
In the sixties, my generation called it “shacking up.” Today it’s called “living together,” and academics call it “cohabitation.” In this article I’ll be using the latter two terms to describe why more and more couples are choosing to live together before marriage.
- The Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox ChurchPhilip Mamalakis, Ph.D., LMFT & Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT
indicates that a sizable number of divorces occur during thefirst seven years
of marriage. Research also suggests that couples who attend an evidence-based
premarital education program are better prepared to enter marriage and less
likely to become victims of the high divorce rate. As a result of a deep
pastoral concern for all couples who receive the Sacrament of Marriage in the
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, a premarital education program has
recently been completed. This six-session, highly interactive, informative,
couple and group experience is entitled, The
Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox Church.
Session One introduces participants to a decidedly Orthodox perspective of
marriage. Session Two maps the dangers couples encounter along this journey
which compromise marital satisfaction. Session Three helps couples discern how
their family background has informed their perspective of marriage and family.
Session Four facilitates a couple discussion related to a number of potential
problems areas like the following few: communication, problem solving,
interfaith marriage, sex, extended family and finances. Session Five focuses
upon the value of communication. This session helps couples become better
listeners and speakers. Session six encourages couples to use what they have
learned in the first five sessions while also reinforcing the value of the
following timeless strategies that exist in our Holy Tradition: forgiveness,
Christ-like ground rules, the priest and the Holy Spirit. As of today, The
Couple Workbook is available. It is entitled The Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox Church: A Couples Workbook. Couples who
participate in the premarital education program will receive a copy. The
workbook has been developed to be used during a one day premarital education
workshop; couples can also rfeview this recourse independently. To order a copy
of the couple workbook, log on to the Family Care Web site at www.family.goarch.org.