Letter to a Bride – Do Not Allow Trouble to Take You by Surprise

 

It is two of you now. In two, joys are stronger and sorrows are easier to endure. May God help you so that nothing will separate you and that you have one heart and one path in life.

It is two of you now. In two, joys are stronger and sorrows are easier to endure. May God help you so that nothing will separate you and that you have one heart and one path in life.

May God bless you to begin the life you always thought to be the best for you. Behold, God fulfils the wish of your heart.

Marriage has its soothing but it brings also its cares and sorrows, and some are incredibly deep. Think about it, so that when you will be confronted to them, they will not take you by surprise. It is two of you now. In two, joys are stronger and sorrows are easier to endure. May God help you so that nothing will separate you and that you have one heart and one path in life.

Concerning the bridal garment… If I were you I will do as everybody else wants, without thinking about it…. Garments are for the others not for yourself. They can ornate you the way they want.

I wish you both to be happy!

Yours supplicant to God, Bishop Theophan

(Translation from: Sfântul Teofan Zăvorâtul, Mântuirea în viața de familie, Editura Sophia, București, 2004, p. 11)