Love, Sexuality, and the Sacrament of Marriage
Two essays "Love and Sexuality in the Image of Divine Love" and "The Sacrament of Marriage: The Orthodox Service" introduce the reader to the Orthodox perspective on this all-important issue. With extensive excerpts from twenty-two Church fathers and modern Orthodox theologians, ranging from Basil the Great and Gregory of Nyssa to Alexander Elchaninov and Kallistos Ware.
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