Archimandrite Aimilianos (Vafeidis) est l'ancien higoumène du monastère de Simonos Petras sur le Mont Athos en Grèce, et le fondateur du couvent de l'Annonciation de la Mère de Dieu à Ormylia, en Grèce, une dépendance de Simonos Petra..
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"It is not permissible for anyone to avoid the bonds of marriage"
Nobody would dispute that the most important day in a person's life, after his birth and baptism, is that of his marriage. It is no surprise, then, that the aim of contemporary worldly and institutional upheavals is precisely to crush the most honorable and sacred mystery of marriage. For many people, marriage is an opportunity for pleasures and amusements. Life, however, is a serious affair. It is a spiritual struggle, a progression toward a goal: heaven. The most crucial juncture, and the most important means, of this progression is marriage. It is not permissible for anyone to avoid the bonds of marriage, whether he concludes a mystical marriage by devoting himself to God, or whether he concludes a sacramental one with a spouse…
We know that marriage is an institution established by God. It is "honorable" (Heb 13.4). It is a "great mystery" (Eph 5.32). An unmarried person passes through life and leaves it; but a married person lives and experiences life to the full.
Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra, "Marriage: The Great Sacrament" in The Church at Prayer: The Mystical Liturgy of the Heart, ed. The Holy Convent of the Annunciation, Ormylia, Greece (Athens: Indiktos, 2005), p. 111
Archimandrite Aimilianos (Vafeidis) is the former abbot of the Monastery of Simonos Petras on Mount Athos in Greece, and the founder of the Convent of the Annunciation of the Mother of God in Ormylia, Greece, a dependency of Simonos Petra.