Marriage is a Holy Sacrament, a journey towards the Kingdom of God. Those who are married are called upon to love unselfishly, to put the needs of their spouse before theirs and to communicate. If God has a very central part in our life, this will help us in many ways, including in our marriage. Being cultivated spiritually will help us to be humble, forgiving, to try and see things from the other’s perspective, and this will all guard our marriage and lead it to greater heights.
If you want to organize your marriage an initial meeting with your Parish priest would be desirable, just to talk and to get to know each other. The date of your marriage could be booked at that initial meeting.
Paperwork for a marriage needs to be completed at least 31 days prior to the wedding. This is a legal requirement. To enable your priest to do the paperwork you will need to meet with him and each have with you the following:
Birth Certificate (if you were not born in Australia and do not have your overseas birth certificate, a passport, old or current, will do)
- Photo I.D such as a Drivers License or Passport.
Baptism certificate. (if you cannot find this, you can obtain a copy from the Church where you were baptised- the copy costs $200)
If you have never been married and are Orthodox, you will need a Celibacy certificate. If you have been previously married, you will need your civil divorce papers, if you are Orthodox, you will also need to bring Ecclesiastical divorce papers. If your spouse has deceased, you will need to bring the death certificate.
How far in advance do I need to book a wedding?
No less than 31 days are required to complete the relevant legal paperwork beforehand.
Can I get married to my partner even though they are not an Orthodox Christian?
Marriage is permitted between an Orthodox and a Western Christian who has been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity: those belonging to the Roman Catholic, Anglican (Church of England), Uniting, or Presbyterian Churches.
Marriage is also permitted with Oriental Orthodox (Coptic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Indian Orthodox etc), and with those belonging to the Assyrian Church of the East.
What periods of the year are marriages not permitted in the Orthodox Church?
Dates on which Marriages are not permitted are:
From the 13th December until Christmas day
5th January, the eve of Epiphany
Great Lent until Easter Sunday (these dates vary from year to year)
1st to 15th August, the Dormition of the Theotokos
29th August, the Beheading of St John the Baptist
14th September, the Elevation of the Holy Cross
Please Note: Effective as of the 1st of July 2022, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia has issued standardised pricing for all sacraments. The below is valid across all parishes and communities under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
|Marriage Certificate for the Holy Archdiocese||$500|
|Celibacy Certificate for the Holy Archdiocese||$150|
|Civil Marriage Certificate||$200|
|For the church||$450|
|For the priest||$200|
|For the chanter||$100|
|For the altar assistant||$50|