Originally based on material contained in the "Put Your Best Foot Forward" series of books by Mary Murray Bosrock.The Holy Father, in the homily he gave in St Peter Basilica on 29 June in the presence of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, expressed a desire that "the traditional doctrine of the Filioque, present in the liturgical version of the Latin Credo, [be clarified] in order to highlight its full harmony with what the Ecumenical Council of Constantinople of 381 confesses in its creed: the Father as the source of the whole Trinity, the one origin both of the Son and of the Holy Spirit".So one important point to understand right up front (and about which many inside and outside the church are confused) is that we have not moved a dating system into our courtship system.Since most young adults will marry, the process employed in finding a husband and wife is still considered courtship.Then, either the priest or the koumbaros exchanges the rings between the couple's fingers three times, signifying that the weakness of one will be compensated by the other.
Meeting and Greeting Adapted from material compiled by Window on the World, a cross-cultural training and consulting firm.
The priest also joins the couples right hands together while praying for their marriage.
Location: Southern Europe, bordering Albania 282 km, Bulgaria 494 km, Turkey 206 km, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 246 km Capital: Athens Climate: mostly mountains with ranges extending into the sea as peninsulas or chains of islands Population: 10,775,555 (2014 est.) Ethnic Make-up: Greek 98%, other 2% Religions: Greek Orthodox 98%, Muslim 1.3%, other 0.7% Government: parliamentary republic; monarchy rejected by referendum 8 December 1974 98% of the 10.6m population of Greece speak Greek, which is the country's official language.
The largest minority language is Macedonian, spoken by 1.8% of the population.
Others include Albanian, spoken in the centre and the south, Turkish, spoken by Muslim communities around the Aegean, and Arumanian and Bulgarian.