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When are Orthodox priests permitted to have marital relations?

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When are Orthodox priests permitted to have marital relations?

Would having relations on a Saturday night prevent an Orthodox priest from celebrating the Divine Liturgy?

(A Catholic friend has asked me.)
 

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Orthodox priests are celibate. They live in unconsummated holiness with their spouses and their children are icons of the virgin birth.
 

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lovesupreme said:
When are Orthodox priests permitted to have marital relations?

Would having relations on a Saturday night prevent an Orthodox priest from celebrating the Divine Liturgy?

(A Catholic friend has asked me.)
Yes. Unless he's got a stand-in, and he's a Proistamenos, the burden falls on him to be ready for each and every Liturgy. Christ never had marital relations - but as Perfect God and Perfect Man, would have encountered the similar situations that would have gotten in the way of excercising His Divine power and following God the Father - so He abstained (contrary to people out there who think His secret wife was Mary Magdalene.) The married Apostles would have followed Christ's example as well as far as time set aside for their spouses, and their missions.


Tell your friend also that in Orthodoxy - rather than the Priest and the people looking at a "permission to have marital relations" kind of rule, all of us follow the same guidelines for Fasting Days, the Lenten seasons, and would abstain when there is a need to step aside and gain greater clarity on our relationship with our spouses, and our service in the community to those around us. It's all one big whole; man and wife no longer become an island under the law of Agape.

Let your Catholic friend also know that, Ordination being a Sacrament, and Marriage being a Sacrament also, that the Priest and his spouse put their prayer and their faith in the Sacramental Mystery, and let God work this out for them in harmony.

My parish Priest and his wife are wonderful examples of this functioning as a whole in public and private life.
 
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