Post # 1
Bees, fiance is Catholic and I am Orthodox. We decided to have Orthodox wedding, and I contacted Greek Orthodox priest who agreed to wed but he requested the following:
“certificate of celebacy from both your priests, or from a notary, as per Archdiocese policy.”
Could anyone explain what this is? Does he want a document saying we are both single, not currently married? or he wants us both to be virgins?? I am not a regular church goer and am not sure about all the rules and policies, that’s why I need your help. Anyone has any idea?
Post # 3
This web site is of the Orthodox Church in Australia but I assume the rules are similar in USA http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/livinganorthodoxlife/lawsandregulations/marriage
It says: “Orthodox parties who have never been married before must obtain a Certificate of Celibacy or ‘Agamias’ (that they are not married) from their local Parish Priest. This must be signed by two witnesses (parents, brothers, sisters, cousins or friends) upon presenting the Baptismal Certificate of the party concerned. “
So what it means is a certificate that you are not married. I assume “Certificate of Celibacy” is just an old fashioned term for “Certificate of singleness”. (Not that I think celibacy is old fashioned, just this terminology).
Post # 4
@Nanuli: Hi, I had to do the same thing to get married in the catholic church. It was to prove that neither of us had been married before. The idea was that in the past people traveled less and were linked to a parish, so that priest could vouch for you that you had not been married before. Now with everyone moving around a lot more then want a legal doc that you sign that states you havent been married before.
Post # 5
A little different from your situation, but I had to get one to get married in France…so I got it from the US embassy notary… like has been said above, it just means that you’ve not been/ are not married. I agree that the wordings a bit bizzare!
Post # 6
Thanks a lot, bees!!!!! 🙂 it makes it easy for us then, as it’s going to be the first marriage for both of us.
Post # 9
I am Catholic and have to have my records sent to the church (changed parishes in HS) so that it can show I have never been married. Fiance is baptist and his preacher (also his dad) must send a signed letter stating he has never married and is baptised Christian.
Post # 10
Learn something new everyday! I don’t want to tell ya’ll what I was picturing a “certificate of celibacy” might entail… O_o