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The Marriage Sacrament, in the Orthodox Church, offers a beautiful witness of life in God's Kingdom. The couple is joined together and is invited to live in a Christ-like manner - not as individuals but as a union of two persons. The Marriage, having been blessed by God in the sacrament, naturally radiates God's love outward to be a living icon to the world of their union of love. For this reason, the marriage service almost totally focuses on the blessing of God to the couple. Furthermore, it is done in the community of the Church, whose presence is also needed to witness the marriage and support the couple throughout their married lives.

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