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Old 02-24-2005, 01:04 PM   #136
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Office for Same-Sex Union [Akolouthia eis adelphopoiesin]
from John Boswell, Same Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe, (NewYork: Villard, 1994)


i.

The priest shall place the holy Gospel on the Gospel stand

and they that are to be joined together place their right

hands on it, holding lighted candles in their left hands.

Then shall the priest cense them and say the following:



ii.

In peace we beseech Thee, O Lord.

For heavenly peace, we beseech Thee, O Lord.

For the peace of the entire world, we beseech Thee, O Lord.

For this holy place, we beseech Thee, O Lord.

That these thy servants, N. and N., be

sanctified with thy spiritual benediction, we beseech Thee, O Lord.

That their love [agape] abide without offense or scandal

all the days of their lives, we beseech Thee, O Lord.

That they be granted all things needed for salvation and

godly enjoyment of life everlasting, we beseech Thee, O Lord.

That the Lord God grant unto them unashamed faithfulness

[pistis] and sincere love [agape anhypokritos], we beseech Thee, O Lord....

Have mercy on us, O God.

"Lord, have mercy" shall be said three times.



iii

The priest shall say:

Forasmuch as Thou, O Lord and Ruler, art merciful and

loving, who didst establish humankind after thine image and

likeness, who didst deem it meet that thy holy apostles

Philip and Bartholomew be united, bound one unto the other

not by nature but by faith and the spirit. As Thou didst

find thy holy martyrs Serge and Bacchus worthy to be united

together [adelphoi genesthai], bless also these thy

servants, N. and N., joined together not by the bond of

nature but by faith and in the mode of the spirit [ou

desmoumenous desmi physeis alla pisteis kai pneumatikos

tropi], granting unto them peace [eirene] and love [agape]

and oneness of mind. Cleanse from their hearts every stain

and impurity and vouchsafe unto them to love one other [to

agapan allelous] without hatred and without scandal all the

days of their lives, with the aid of the Mother of God and

all thy saints, forasmuch as all glory is thine.



iv.

Another Prayer for Same-Sex Union



O Lord Our God, who didst grant unto us all those things

necessary for salvation and didst bid us to love one another

and to forgive each other our failings, bless and

consecrate, kind Lord and lover of good, these thy servants

who love each other with a love of the spirit [tous

pneumatike agape heautous agapesantas] and have come into

this thy holy church to be blessed and consecrated. Grant

unto them unashamed fidelity [pistis] and sincere love

[agape anhypokritos], and as Thou didst vouchsafe unto thy

holy disciples and apostles thy peace and love, bestow them

also on these, O Christ our God, affording to them all those

things needed for salvation and life eternal. For Thou art

the light and the truth and thine is the glory.



v.

Then shall they kiss the holy Gospel and the priest and one

another, and conclude.






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Another Version of a Union Rite
By Nicholas Zymaris [independent Orthodox scholar]
INTRODUCTION [by Zymaris]

This service is a rite of the Eastern Orthodox Church dating from very early times and assuming its present form between the fourth and ninth centuries AD. This service is translated from the Euchologion of Jacobus Goar, which was printed in 1647 and revised in 1730. A facsimile of the 1730 edition, published in Graz, Austria, in 1960, is the edition available in many theological libraries. With the rising influence of western ideas in recent centuries, this rite ceased to be practiced widely and was largely forgotten or ignored except in isolated areas, most notably Albania and other areas in the Balkans, where it flourished throughout the nineteenth century and up to at least 1935. Both men and women were united with this rite or similar ones.

This rite is called "spiritual" because the relationship between spiritual brothers is not one of blood-relation but of the Holy Spirit, and also to distinguish the rite from blood-brotherhood, which the Church opposed. In the service, the saint-martyrs Sergius and Bacchus are invoked, who were united in spiritual brotherhood "not bound by the law of nature but by the example of faith in the Holy Spirit". These saints were tortured and martyred late in the third century AD. when they refused to worship the emperor's idols. In their biography by Simeon Metaphrastes (available in J.P. Migne, Patrologia Graeca, vol. 115, pp. 1005-1032) they are described as sweet companions and lovers to each other."

"This rite is incorporated into the Divine Liturgy. It begins with the usual blessing and prayers of a Liturgy. During the Great Synapte, petitions for the couple to be united in spiritual brotherhood are added to the usual petitions. After the First Antiphon, two special prayers are said for the couple, after which they kiss the Gospel Book and each other. After the priest sings a hymn, the Liturgy continues at "Have mercy on us, O God .. ". Accounts of the use of this rite (such as Nacke, _Jahrbuch fuer sexuelle Zwischenstufen_ 9 (1908),. 328) confirm that the spiritual brothers receive Holy Communion together, thereby forming the sacramental bond in this union. However, Goar mentions in a footnote that in some manuscripts, the couple is only blessed with holy water."



"UNION RITE" TEXT

PRIEST: Blessed is the kingdom of the Father and the Son and the

Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages.

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3

times).

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever

and unto ages of ages. Amen.

All-Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.

Lord forgive our sins.

Master, pardon our transgressions.

Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for your name's sake.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever

and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father, who is in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your

kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into

temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom

and the power and the glory, of the Father and the Son and the

Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

(After this, the priest says the Troparion.)

Save, O Lord, your servants, and bless your inheritance.

(And the two who are about to be joined together in brotherly

unity place their hands on the holy Gospel book, which has been

prepared and placed on the table. And they hold in their hands

lighted candles.)

(And the priest says the following, so that it is heard from

above: Save, O Lord, your servants. Followed by the Troparion of

the day)

Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Holy Apostles, intercede with the merciful God to grant our souls

forgiveness of sins.

Now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Through the intercessions, O Lord, of all the saints and of the

Theotokos, grant us your peace and have mercy upon us, only

merciful One.



THE GREAT SYNAPTE.

(The responses of "Lord, have mercy" are understood.)

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

For the peace that is from above, and for the salvation of our

souls, let us pray to the Lord.

For the peace of the entire world, the welfare of the holy

churches of God, and the union of all of them, let us pray to the

Lord.

For this holy house, and for those who enter it with faith,

reverence, and fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

For our Archbishop, the honorable priesthood, the deacons in

Christ, and all of the clergy and laity, let us pray to the Lord.

For the servants of God who have approached to be blessed by Him,

and for their love (agapesis) in God, let us pray to the Lord.

That they may be given full knowledge of the apostolic unity, let

us pray to the Lord.

That they may be granted a faith unashamed, a love unfeigned, let

us pray to the Lord.

That they may be deemed worthy to glory in the honorable Cross,

let us pray to the Lord.

That both they and we may be delivered from all affliction,

wrath, and distress, let us pray to the Lord.

Help us, save us, have mercy on us and keep us, O God, by your

grace.

PEOPLE: Amen.

PRIEST: Having called to remembrance our all-holy, immaculate,

most blessed, glorious Lady Theotokos and ever-virgin Mary, with

all the Saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and all

our life unto Christ our God.

PEOPLE: To You, O Lord.

PRIEST (quietly): O Lord our God, whose might is beyond compare,

whose glory is incomprehensible, whose mercy is infinite, and

whose love toward mankind is ineffable; in Your tender compassion

look down upon us Yourself, O Master, and upon this holy house,

and grant us and those who pray with us Your rich mercies and

compassion.

PRIEST (aloud): For to You are due all glory, honor, and worship;

to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and

unto ages of ages.

PEOPLE: Amen.

PRIEST: Let us pray to the Lord.

Lord our God, who has granted us all things for salvation, and

who has commanded us to love one another and to forgive each

others' transgressions; now You Yourself, Master and Lover of

mankind, to these Your servants who have loved each other with

spiritual love, and who approach Your holy temple to be blessed

by You, grant to them a faith unashamed, a love unfeigned. And

as You gave Your holy disciples Your own peace, also grant these

all the petitions for salvation, and eternal life. For You are a

merciful and loving God, and to You we ascribe glory, to the

Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Let us pray to the Lord.

Lord our God, the omnipotent, who made the heaven and the earth

and the sea, who made man according to Your image and likeness,

who was well-disposed to Your holy martyrs Sergius and Bacchus

becoming brothers, not bound by the law of nature but by the

example of faith of the Holy Spirit; Master, do send down Your

Holy Spirit upon Your servants who have approached this temple to

be blessed. Grant them a faith unashamed, a love unfeigned, and

that they may be without hatred and scandal all the days of their

lives. Through the prayers of Your immaculate Mother and of all

the Saints. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the

glory, of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and

ever, and to the ages.

(And with the table made ready in the middle of the church, they

place the holy Gospel upon it. And they kiss the Holy Gospel,

and each other.)

THEN THE PRIEST SINGS: By the union of love the apostles join in

the praying to the Master of all; themselves committed to Christ,

they extended their beautiful feet, announcing the good news of

peace to everyone.

PRIEST: Have mercy on us, O God.

(And continues the Liturgy.)





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Old 02-24-2005, 01:05 PM   #137
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Dang,

There were church rights for this kind of thing>??????

Oh my!!!!!
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Who knew, huh?

Boy, the things you miss with spotty 'Net acess for a few days.

Actually, compared to other homosexuality/marriage threads we've had, this one isn't too ugly.
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Ah. So the homosexual-hating has progressed to this kind of level now? Yeesh. As a practicing Catholic, I'm rather astounded by this. Personally, I don't believe in gay marriage (however, I think some kind of civil union would be fine), but I definately think that the language used in this particular situation is a tad extreme. Especially coming from the Pope.
I agree, I think civil unions are fine, same rights, just don't call it marrige. I think the Pope could of been more careful with his wording, but, honestly what do you expect him to say?
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honestly what do you expect him to say?
Considering his health, I wounder if he really made such a statement....
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Considering his health, I wounder if he really made such a statement....
Interesting point, but I doubt that such a statement would be made without the Pope's approval.
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I agree, I think civil unions are fine, same rights, just don't call it marrige. I think the Pope could of been more careful with his wording, but, honestly what do you expect him to say?

why? what's the hang-up over that single word -- "marriage"?

i applaud your support of civil unions, but why fussing over what we call it?
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why? what's the hang-up over that single word -- "marriage"?

i applaud your support of civil unions, but why fussing over what we call it?
I don't get that, either. Especially since, from what I understand, marriage as an institution has been around before religion got a hold of it.

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Exactly how did Christ shape the church, when he was Jewish?
I would hope as a Christian you know the obvious answers. I think you do. If it meant healing a woman on a holy day rather than allowing her to die for example, and instead of turning the house of God into a business. Surely, you wouldn't deny that Jesus did God's work. Here I make the bet that the most important commandment is to love your neighbor as Jesus would. I think that Jesus would be truthfully honest, yet sacrificial to provide for us all.

Some churches are too hung up on one thing and not the other - when you would hope for a balance of love and truth. Some may say anything to fill up the church, while others are centered on the mere opposite - ridiculing without taking account of themselves. I'm sure we can both agree that a Christian church should be founded on Jesus and his message. Sometimes, society heads in the wrong direction, such as when an average god-fearing man would believe that slavery was a reasonable lifestyle. At the time, you would tell someone that what they were doing is not what God has intended for us, and they would think you were nuts.

While we may disagree with this particular issue, I will say that it's been a constructive debate overall. You have provided examples of things I was previously unaware of. We haven't lashed at each other. If it's not a problem, I wouldn't mind we can respectfully disagree.
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I disagree with the church being shaped by Jesus...if it were it would not have fragmented.
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Nothing quoted in in the bible was directly stated by Christ about homosexuals, but his intentions for marriage are clear to me.
You did not acknowledge my point on this...shocking. Jesus was speaking to a certain type of people, why would be include every scenario? He didn't say anything about a person of this race can marry a person of another race, but that's not considered sin by CCs (anymore). He didn't mention it because probably didn't due to the crowd that day. He didn't say couples that couldn't have kids could marry, but they can. He didn't say anything about different religions, yet that isn't considered sin. Yet you choose this one thing. Out of all the things you could have chosen out of this context why this one...interesting. And once again, I don't define sin by reading between the lines. Jesus was very clear about every other sin, why would he make this one criptic?
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I would like you to be more direct with this, please present a professional theological point of view, and elaborate on specific examples.
How can I be more specific. We've gone over this over and over. You've never come up with an answer what makes you think you will now.

It's pretty easy. There are supposably two mentions of homosexuality in the Bible. TWO. One in Leviticus which everyone once they read it in context will admit these man made laws don't apply today. If they did Bush would be proposing an ammendment that would force menstrating women to sleep on the couch during that time of the month. The second of which you've seen posted in here several times. Paul apparently speaks about it. Two things wrong with this one; absolutely no other collaboration of story anywhere else in the Bible and two; the original translation of the word had nothing to do with homosexuality.
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You continue to dismiss anything said of man and wife, and duties of men, and duties of wives. Again I ask you to present something valid.
I've said it all before. If you want to talk about man and women roles in the Bible I'd be glad to talk to you about them. If you are going to take every word Paul said as it's so translated today then make sure your wife wears a veil when she goes to church. I'm sure you'll have no problem convincing her, for it is written in the Bible.

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Kind of contradicting, don't you think? You seem to imply that The Bible is just for straight people. You also seem to imply that duties of husband and wife is the message, ironically enough. This message has been perverted to fit the glove of society. Try fitting a fully-functional glove onto a society with it's middle finger up in the air. It doesn't work unless you make it politically correct, yet it beats up on the glove.
Great twisting of words.

I said the crowd to which Jesus spoke that day. Remember that Jesus was actually speaking to real people, not speaking into a recording device so a book can be written. That's all I'm going to say for the rest of this discusts me.

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This would explain why they have tried to prove the genetic connection for over a century. It would also explain why the theory of evolution was the conclusion that Darwin had after he completely eliminated the possibility of creation or a supreme being. We know where the a lot of them stand, but they have nothing to show for it.
Sorry but this has nothing to do with our discussion.
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This is a question that a radical feminist is likely to ask as well. They deny any differences between men and women, even though their bodies and minds are much different. Their needs are different as well. It is painfully naive to deny that it exists.
So now I'm a radical feminist because I believe love requires more than just a vagina and a penis? This is what you originally asked:
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if God created marriage, why do you think it should've been done any differently?
You are the one to reduce it down to parts not me.


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No - you aren't seeing it. Scripturally - it says that we should love our wives as Christ loved the church. Does that mean Christ spent his life to make the church happy? Not exclusively, it means Christ loved it enough to die for it. He shaped the church into an institution that glorified God. Not a retailer.
No you aren't seeing it once again let's go back to original question:
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Did God create marriage to make us happy, or to make us holy?
I was just answering your naive question. If you believe God created marriage to make you holy then this discussion is the least of your worries.
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I disagree with the church being shaped by Jesus...if it were it would not have fragmented.
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why? what's the hang-up over that single word -- "marriage"?

i applaud your support of civil unions, but why fussing over what we call it?

I say let the religious people have "marriage".

Religions do not have to marry people outside of their faith

Religions do not have to marry people
that have been divorced

Religions do not have to marry people of different races

Religions do not have to marry people
of different genders.

however all of the above are entitled to a civil marriage or union that is recognized by the state.
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Interesting point, but I doubt that such a statement would be made without the Pope's approval.
There's no way the statement would have been put out without the Pope's approval.
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Damn, Dread, I had no idea this stuff was on Halsall's site. That shows you how huge the Medieval Sourcebook is. I have it linked to my URL List site (the one with "castle2" in the URL) but I have never looked at this. I think I know what I'm going to do when I get home tomorrow. I'm going to a performance of some Turkish Whirling Dervishes tonight! Yes, they are in Birmingham!
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