On Saturday, September 26, 2020, the Korean Orthodox faithful had the great joy of attending the Sacrament of Marriage between Dionysios Kwon and Katerina Park at St. Nicholas Cathedral in Seoul. The Sacrament was performed by Metropolitan Ambrosios with the participation of the Presbyters Fr. Romanos Kavchak and Fr. Antonios Lim, assisted by the Deacon Johan Park.
Dionysios is the son of the late Fr. Paul Kwon. His mother, Presbytera Harris, deeply moved, accompanied her son to the church with the participation of ten faithful from the parish of St. Dionysios of Aegina in Ulsan.
Due to COVID-19 the number of participants was limited inside the church. Most of them remained outside in the courtyard.
The Metropolitan of Korea conveyed to the newlyweds the wishes of His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Pidisia, the Clergy and the faithful of the Church in Korea.
Commenting on the apostolic reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he presented the divinely inspired counsel given by the apostle Paul to newlyweds, which is the key to the success of their marriage. And he concluded:
Dear Dionysios and Katerina, make sure you keep deep in your heart the divinely inspired counsels of Apostle Paul and be absolutely sure that your marriage will always be happy. These counsels dispel any sinful tendency to conspire, oppress, and exploit one another. They bring a balance in male-female relationships; they weaken feminist claims and counter-claims, and protect the divine gifts of peace and harmony in the family home.
In the difficult times that will inevitably come in your marital course, remember Paul’s counsels and you will find rest in your souls and solutions to your problems.
Because, if a man loves his wife as himself and the woman respects her husband, then there is nothing that can shake their relationship. Their bond will be lifelong and eternal because it will be based on the “stone”, that is, Christ. (1 Cor. 10: 4)