What is the role of Dating for the Orthodox Christian?

13th June, 2021

This is an answer given to the question, 'What is the role of Dating for the Orthodox Christian? in a Q&A session taken by His Grace Bishop Emilianos of Meloa in the Orthodox Cafe at the Church of Saint Stylianos, Sydney NSW. His Grace covers many important aspects of dating applicable to all youth and single people, especially those about to enter into marriage.

‘[..] So dating is very important, but only if it's used in the proper way. I'm not telling you not to hug someone. I'm not telling you not to be close to someone, but I am telling you that if you let your body take over instead of your heart and instead of your intellect, it lays the wrong foundation and there is no future. So when we talk about saving ourselves for after marriage, I mean you can see it as a religious theme, you can see it any way you want to; but at the end of the day this is an ascetic experience within marriage, and you'll find it so useful during marriage. And if you haven't practised it before, you will end up miserable because you don't have this virtue.’

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13th June, 2021

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