Saturday, October 18

10 Tips for Living an Orthodox Christian Way of Life...

From Father John's Sunday Bulletin

1.  Attend the Divine Services
Participation in the liturgical life of the church is at the heart of the Orthodox way of life.  Regular attendance on Sunday mornings, Saturday evenings, the 12 Great Feasts, and other special times throughout the year (like Great Lent), is a must to living a healthy Christian life. Check the calendar.

2.  Confess Your Sins
Ask God to help you see your own faults and weaknesses. Go to the Sacrament of Confession with sorrow for what you’ve done and hope for a new beginning through God’s grace and mercy. Confession should be regular, once a month or more; at the very least during the four fasting seasons.

3.  Receive Holy Communion 
 Frequent and fervent reception of the Body and Blood of Christ is indispensable to growing closer to God. Be sure to follow the preparation guidelines, make frequent confession, and remember to offer prayers of thanksgiving afterwards. 

4.  Keep the Fasts
Fasting on Wednesdays, Fridays, and other fasting days and seasons, helps us to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Christ. Regular fasting helps keep the body health and the soul pure. Health issues, questions? Ask your priest.

5.  Make Your Home a Family Church
Maintain an icon corner where you say your morning and evening prayers. Place an icon or cross in every room so that you remember God during the day. Have your home blessed each year. Pray unceasingly.

6.  Be a Good Steward
Give of yourself, always remembering that God will hold each of us accountable for the time, talents, and treasure He has entrusted to our care. Our stewardship indicates what we truly love (God or other things), for where our treasure is, there will our heart be also.

7.  Study the Scriptures
Read from the Holy Bible every day without fail. This is God’s Word to you. Your church wall calendar gives the appointed Epistle and Gospel reading for each day. 

8.  Assemble a Home Library 
In addition to the Scriptures, we should read the Lives of the Saints, the writings of the Holy Fathers, and other spiritual texts. Ask your priest for some advice. What are you reading now?

9.  Be Quick to Forgive and Slow to Judge
Always ask forgiveness when we hurt someone, even if it is unintentional. Remember that if we don’t forgive others, then God won’t forgive us. Likewise, don’t judge your neighbor or you will fall under God’s just judgment.

10.  Trust in God; Not Yourself 
Believe what the Lord teaches through His Church. Don’t subject the Word of God to your own personal opinion; we don’t know better than He does. The way to the Kingdom is to follow Christ; we cannot make it there ourselves.

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