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LIFESTYLE SUGGESTIONS FOR AN ORTHODOX SERB

Love God and honor Him! When you pray, do not worry about words or what to say, let your prayer come from a pure heart.

Keep the Holy Spirit of God in your home. The family that prays together before the icon and vigil lamp stays together forever.

Keep the periods of fasting. It is good for the body and gives life to the soul.

THE MEANING OF FASTING IN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

Fasting is old as the human race. Fasting was practiced by pagan religions, Judaism and Christianity, and it was generally considered an important element of religious life, although with different practices and understanding. In the ancient religions of the East fasting meant a complete abstention from good for a certain period of time — one day or more. The origin of fasting as a moral discipline, especially among the old pagan religions is very obscure, just as their understanding of God was inadequate and vague.

Ponašanje u hramu Božijem

Hram je sveto mesto, i kada covek ulazi u njega mora ulaziti tiho, lagano i sa dubokim strahopostovanjem. Kad se dodje do crkvenih vrata, malo se zastane, prekrsti se i lagano pokloni prema hramu. Ako je guzva, strpljivo se ceka da se kupe svece. Kad se svece kupe, odlazi se mestu gde se pale svece vodeci racuna da se ledja ne okrecu oltaru ili svesteniku u toku kadenja. Prekrsti se, celiva se sveca i nameni se za sta se pali (na primer: "Ovu svecu za zdravlje mome bratu Jovanu, neka ga Gospod pomiluje i spase" ili "Ovu svecu za pokoj duse moga dede Nikole, Bog da mu dusi prosti") Kada se svece zapale, onda se tiho, kao senka, odlazi i celivaju se celivajuca ikone. Na sluzbu se dolazi pre pocetka Bogosluzenja, jer se kasnijim hodanjem kroz hram ometa Bogosluzenje i paznja vernika.