whereas reception by Chrismation rather than Baptism and Chrismation of converts from a Christian denomination is very widely accepted, even in Russia (eg Grand Duchess St Elizabeth).
Russians most likely receive converts from Catholicism via confession (or vesting in case for priests). Greeks are more strict in that and use chrismation.
I must say that I am surprised by some of Kosta's comments. To say that the 'Orthodox wedding service is actually out of place in today's society' cannot be right; marriage blessed by the Church has been going on since the late fourth century and is a sacrament of the Church and part of Holy Tradition. Who is to say that it could be set aside? We do not conform to the shiftings of society. We must conform to the Church, not allow any part of Tradition to be compromised by the world. And how else are Orthodox couples to be joined together in God's presence?
Marriage is a sacrament and part of Tradition. As for the currently used rite? That is an interesting question.The rite itself was created at the times of Theodosius when the Church was forced to take over registry office duties. That's when allowing divorces and multiple marriages was instituted, when the rite was separated from the Liturgy, and when wine started to be given instead of Eucharist to accommodate mixed marriages. The current rite of marriage is a result of conforming to the society. I, for example, would love to see a return of marriage to liturgical context.
Algernon, are you certain of your facts - that an Orthodox Christian was married to a Moslem in an Orthodox church? This is expressly forbidden.
I wouldn't be very surprised if it were a norm in Arabic countries.
The Church, in some places, tolerates a marriage in church with a non-Orthodox Christian in the hope that the non-Orthodox spouse will approach the Church. That doesn't always happen.
"In some places"? In what placed mixed marriages are not allowed? And I wouldn't say the intent is to convert the non-Orthodox spouse. All that is required is a promise that children will be raised Orthodox.
If this marriage took place with full knowledge of the clergy, I would seperate myself immediately from that parish and eventually from that bishop if he sanctions such heresies.
There are loads of things happening within the Church that are not really right. If anyone would like to start a schism because of every irregularity he gets to know from the internet there would be dozens of Orthodox Churches popping out every day.
BTW, must every thing we do not like be called heresy? Seriously, I think my rector's sermons are boring, does it make them heretical? Our choir sings badly (this is actually an opinion of many people), does it make the choir heretical? Back in time that word had some meaning.