On Marriage, Family, Sexuality, and the Sanctity of Life (Page 5 of 13)

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By: Holy Synod of Bishops OCA
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Divorce, Widowhood, and Remarriage


Victims of broken marriages are to be counselled to repent of the evils which caused the failure their original marriages,and to seek God’s mercy and guidance in transforming the defeat into spiritual victory.

Widows and widowers are to be counselled whenever possible, particularly in the absence of small children in need of care, to remain faithful to their departed spouses who are alive in the Lord, maintaining the nuptial unity of love to be fulfilled in the kingdom of God for which they were crowned as husband and wife.

Widowed and divorced persons who remarry do so not as their right but as recepients of a special gift of God’s mercy to be accepted with repentance, gratitude and the firm intention faithfully to fulfill all that belongs to married life.



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