O.SS.T. Position Paper



Presiding Archbishop-Abbot's Statement on Supreme Court Ruling





Presiding Archbishop-Abbot’s Statement

on

Supreme Court Ruling


(A Statement from the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos on the Occasion of the United States Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex “Marriage.”)


The Archbishop-Abbot and Brothers and Sisters of the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos have received the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States of America and are deeply grieved by the stark departure from God’s revealed order. We are concerned for the inevitable results from this action to change the legal understanding of marriage and family life.


While this decision grieves us, God’s truth and the goodness of the order established in creation have not been changed. The kingdom of God cannot be shaken. We pray with confidence that God will reveal his glory, love, goodness, and hope to the world through his Church as we seek to follow him in faith and obedience.


We shall continue to exercise our religious freedom to perform marriages for those who come for holy matrimony as defined by our Church. The Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos only authorizes and only performs marriages between one man and one woman.


The Church bears witness to the truth of God’s Word and God’s design of marriage. When government oversteps its rightful authority, “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).


We call our people to a season of prayer for marriage and offer the accompanying Litany and Prayer to guide us.


A Litany for Marriage


We thank you, heavenly Father, for graciously creating us in your image, male and female, and for ordaining that a man and woman shall be joined as one flesh in the covenant of marriage.

We thank you, O Father.


We thank you for the gift and heritage of children and for placing them in homes which may be havens of blessing and peace.

We thank you, O Father.


We thank you for the love between fathers and mothers and sons and daughters that binds together the generations and undergirds our country’s social fabric.

We thank you, O Father.


Lord Jesus Christ, divine Bridegroom, we repent for all the situations in which we have dishonored the covenant of marriage through selfishness or unfaithfulness.

Lord, have mercy upon us.


We repent as a Church where we have failed to prepare our children for holy matrimony, or to care for those who are widowed, divorced or single.

Lord, have mercy upon us.


We repent where as citizens we have become complacent and neglected the defense of marriage in the public square.

Lord, have mercy upon us.


We pray you, Holy Spirit, to restore marriage to its due honor in our country and to revive our marriages and families as emblems of your love.

Deliver us by your grace and power.


We pray you to strengthen our bishops and other leaders as they join with faithful churches to make a strong God-honoring defense of your design for marriage.

Deliver us by your grace and power.


We pray you to have mercy on those who have promoted false teaching about marriage and on those who have been led astray and harmed by it.

Deliver us by your grace and power.


Grant us courage, O Triune God, to hold fast to the truth of your Word, and give grace to those who are counted worthy to suffer for the Name of Christ.


“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 24-25).


A Prayer for Marriage


Almighty God our heavenly Father, you have created us male and female in your image and have ordained that a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. Look down in mercy, we pray, on our families, our church and our nation. Knit together in constant affection those who, in Holy Matrimony, have been made one flesh. Turn the hearts of the parents to the children, the hearts of the children to the parents, and the hearts of all to those who are single or alone. Finally, grant that your Church may steadfastly defend the unchangeable bond of marriage which embodies the mystery of Christ’s love for us through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.