(Pravoslavie.ru) - For the first time since the October Revolution of 1917 Russian registrars have registered a marriage in a church.
The ceremony took place at Saratov’s Holy Trinity Cathedral in southwestern central Russia, reports the Orthodox TV channel Soyuz.
Then the couple sealed their union with a crowning, which per modern Church rules, should be celebrated after the official registration of a marriage.
“We have come to a very harmonious process. The centenary of the establishing of the civil registry will be next year. Therefore, we took another step: today we reunited the state and Church,” said the head of the Saratov region civil registry Yulia Ponomareva, who was present at the wedding ceremony.