Robyn & Stefano - 23 September 2018
Robyn & STefano are getting married!
Please join us for a wedding celebration!!
When: 23 September 2018
Ceremony : Saheti Greek Orthodox Church, Civin Drive, Senderwood, Gauteng, 2007
Reception : Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club, 1 Fairway Avenue, Linksfield North, Gauteng, 2192.
Time: 14:30 for 15:00
Dress code : Formal, Suit & tie.
Your presence at our wedding is gift enough, however should you choose to give us a little something we ask that you fill our 'wishing well' with a monetary contribution as this will help us to transport your blessings back to Australia.
Alternatively, we also have an online gift registry at David Jones Australia that is NOW OPEN.
You can view our gift registry at davidjones.com/gift-registry using the Occasion ID: R03490406
Should you select a gift from our gift registry, and are unable to collect it from one of the Australian stores, please make sure to click ‘Deliver to registrant (Robyn & Stefano's Wedding)’ at check-out. This will ensure that your gift is delivered direct to our home after our wedding.
Should you choose a monetary contribution there will be a wishing well to drop it into on the day, otherwise our bank account details are:
- SS PANAGIOTOU
- ABSA BANK
- CHEQUE ACCOUNT
- ACCOUNT NUMBER 4074350697
- BRANCH CODE : 632005
Map of both venues
Familiarise yourself with a greek orthodox wedding ceremony
GREEK ORTHODOX WEDDING CEREMONY
The Ceremony comprises two parts:
1. The Betrothal Service with the official Blessing of the Rings, and
2. The Marriage Service with the Crowning of the Bride and Groom
THE BETHROTHAL SERVICE
The Orthodox betrothal is a double ring Ceremony.
The service starts with the Priest intoning and then reciting the Litany. During the Litany he will beseech the Lord for the salvation of the Bride and Groom, and will conclude the Litany glorifying God.
Two more prayers will be recited asking God to set a unity upon the Couple which cannot be broken.
The Priest will then take the Rings and with them make the sign of the Cross three times on the forehead of the Groom and then the same is repeated over the Bride’s forehead. At the conclusion, the Rings are placed on the fourth finger of the right hands of the couple.
The koumbaros (the Best Man) will then step forward and exchange the Rings three times, over and under, on the fingers of the Bride and Groom as witness that the lives of the two are being brought together. After which the Priest will recite a prayer and the Betrothal Service ends.
THE MARRIAGE SERVICE
The Sacrament of Marriage begins immediately following the Betrothal Service with the chanting of three verses from Psalm 127. The Priest will commence the Service by intoning and then reciting a series of petitions and three prayers beseeching the Lord to bless the marriage.
The right hands of the Bride and Groom are then joined by the Priest and they remain joined throughout the remainder of the Service symbolizing the “oneness” of the couple.
The Crowning of the Bride and Groom then takes place and is the climax of the Marriage Service. In the Orthodox Church each wedding is a form of Coronation Service, during which the Couple and the actual office of marriage are given great honour. The Crowns are round and tied together by ribbon, and are a sign of the bond between the Bride and Groom and represent the glory and honour which God bestows upon the Couple.
Before placing the Crowns on the Couple, the Priest will take the Crowns and with them make the sign of the Cross three times on the Groom’s forehead and then the same is repeated over the Bride’s forehead. At the conclusion, the Priest will place the Crowns on the heads of the Bride and Groom and the Best Man will interchange the Crowns three times as a witness to the sealing of the union.
With the Crowns placed on the heads of the Bride and Groom, they are united as Husband and Wife, and the Epistle is read from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians 5:20-33. The Gospel is then read from John 2:1-11.
As Newlyweds and in remembrance of Christ’s first miracle, changing water into wine in Cana of Galilee, a cup of wine is then shared by the Bride and Groom as a sign of unity with each other and with Christ.
After sharing the cup of wine, a Procession for the joy of God’s presence is then conducted with the Holy Gospel in the hands of the Priest who leads the couple holding their united hands around the Marriage Alter three times.
Following the Procession, and during the ensuing prayer, the Priest will remove the Crowns from the Newlyweds’ heads and the Service will close with a Benediction. After this the Priest will take the Holy Gospel and separate the right hands of the Couple with it, thus signifying that nothing and no one, except God alone, who forgives and unites and strengthens, should come between the new couple.
If you are not sure how to conduct yourself during the Ceremony, not to worry, watch how other people in the Church conduct themselves and model your actions after what they do. For example, you will notice that there is a lot of standing and sitting during the Ceremony. When in doubt, just follow the crowd.
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44 on Livingston
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Genesis All- Suite Hotel
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European Touch Guest house
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Meridian Hospitality Guest House, Edenvale
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Hotelian - St Andrews hotel and spa
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