• Rev. Dr. Philip Zymaris

    Rev. Dr. Philip Zymaris

    Assistant Professor of Liturgics at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

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Liturgical Life

Ephesians 5:20-33 as the Epistle Reading for the Rite of Marriage: Appropriate or Problematic?

In modern times the appropriateness of the established Epistle Lesson (Ephes. 5:20-33) in the rite of marriage has been questioned.  How is it perceived by the contemporary listener and what does it say about spousal relationships? At a basic level this established passage can be understood within the context of the household code adapted to...
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