Oriental practice has held together the temporal and the eternal. This is so in the Marriage Liturgy which sets out a way of salvation. Tellini spells this out in three ways: Marriage as a matter of Grace, Calling and Election; Marriage as Fulfilment; and Marriage as the microcosm of the union between Christ and his Church. He commends the Coptic ceremonies as a way of portraying these things.
Marriage and the Oriental Churches
Volume 06, Number 01 May 1976, p22