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Lastly, the crowns symbolize unity with their unending circular design and the ribbon tying them together.
Both men live in Indiana, where what they did in New York has no legal force.
Both Storrs and Kostakis have a history as members of the Orthodox Church.
Together we say in Greek, “σ’ευχαριστούμε,” which means, “We are thankful!
”aniel Kostakis (né Storrs and referred to by that name throughout this article, just to keep things clear) writes on Huff Po about a ceremony in June, conducted by ELCA cleric Phil Trzynka (himself in a same-sex union and strangely referred to as the “priest” throughout the Huff Po article, although Trzynka’s own site doesn’t use the term) which joined him and Andrew Kostakis legally in a same-sex union conducted in Manhattan.
That these folks would regard this as somehow valid and Orthodox indicates that they’ve already accepted a theology of sacraments which is not Orthodox but rather is essentially Latin in its sensibilities, which treats everything according to categories of validity that can actually function outside the covenanted community.
(Assuming the spare groom were swapped out for a bride, I have no idea whether the Latins would look upon this service as “valid,” but I daresay they would not find it either Catholic or Orthodox.) So we’re already dealing with a major departure from Orthodox tradition in theological terms.
[Huff Po] Manhattan saw many couples married that day, but one wedding was different, not only because it was two men being married in a Christian church, nor because they were joined by 80 supportive family members, nor even because it was a fully legal marriage of a same-sex couple, but also because two thinly handcrafted silver metal hoops, seven inches in diameter, with decorative scrollwork on the side and a long ribbon tying them together, made an appearance during the ceremony.
The stefana, or crowns, as they are commonly called, are symbols of royalty, martyrdom and unity and are used in the wedding ceremonies of the Eastern or Greek Orthodox Church.
(The OEC mainly exists on the Internet and does not require the usual theological education for ordination that most denominations do.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating