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On Tue, 11 Apr 2000, Ed Heil wrote:

> In fact, I remember hearing that sometime in the early Middle Ages there
> was a big push for making rules that priests had to be present at weddings,

The "Early Middle Ages" didn't happen in lands that ended up on the
Orthodox side of things.  The time period existed, but it was a different
theological underpinning.

> because they were the only sacrament that could be performed without a
> priest, and that grated on clerical nerves, so they insisted on at least

If a priest is not present to enact the Marriage, it is no marriage in
Orthodoxy.