Through God’s grace, the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of North America now provides a premarital counseling course for couples about to get married.
This service is prepared by the Counseling Clergy Committee of the Archdiocese of North America through St. Luke Community Health Services.
The course consists of a series of 12 live lectures, each provided weekly by a different highly qualified experienced father or professional of the church.
The topics are picked to cover the most important information that an engaged and newly married couples may need for a successful marriage.
There is an obvious reason why many churches do not allow couples to get married without first going through premarital counseling.
Even though the Archdiocese does not yet mandate this course, but yet we pray that you realize that this rather small commitment, is vital to safeguard your lifetime commitment of marriage.
A pre-marrital course is by far the most important part of your entire wedding/marriage planning process. Just think, if you lay a solid biblical and spiritual foundation and gather the necessary psychosocial tools to assemble a great marriage through premarital counseling, but your DJ plays the wrong song, half your flowers are dead and the cake is chocolate instead of lemon, it will have little if any bearing on the outcome of your marriage. On the other side if you don’t lay that foundation, and have the most spectacular wedding, be prepared that tough challenges may very well be on the way to your new household.
Statistics show that today’s divorce rate in USA is about 50%, and that a simple thing as attending a premarital course drops that rate by 30%.
With God’s grace we are confident that Cana Prep course will lay the foundation for your long lasting joyful marriage.
At the end of each course, there will be a spiritual day for participating couples and clergy committee. This will be as an ending celebration where some workshops are done, certificates of completion given out to each participant and a small gift presented to each couple.