This has been bugging me and I by no means expect an answer from you guys here. I'm just going to ramble it out.
A little while back over on...yeah. Heather's blog there was a discussion and we somehow wound up talking briefly about the Orthodox view on marriage. The woman who brought it up had a problem with the Orthodox position which was that marriage was forever - even after death. Meaning to her that widow/ers could never remarry. Which, as far as I was able to find out isn't true. Remarriage isn't encouraged in any case but it's not forbidden.
But it puzzles me that her problem was that marriage might last after death. I mean I get that in heaven it's not going to be the same. There will be no marrying or giving in marriage, etc. I get that. But does that mean that we won't be reunited with our loved one after death? I'm not picturing some sort of sybaritic paradise where we're all laying about on couches feeding each other grapes and making with the monkey sex or anything. Like I've said elsewhere I've come to the conclusion that Heaven isn't so much a place as simply being in presence of God.
Meh. I guess it's just confusing to me why it would freak someone out to think that they were still tied to their spouse even after death. If you've been careful in your choices wouldn't you want to remain linked to the person that you love?
Anyway. It's interesting that I keep seeing mention of the fact that there are no wedding vows in the Orthodox service. And there are actually two wedding services. The betrothal and then the crowning. Interesting stuff.
I also like the fact that it's not common for the father to 'give away' the bride. I may have long running issues with that particular custom. Maybe. *shifty eyes*