April 7, 2020
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  • 1:34 pm POWERFUL Hypnotic SLEEP (ASMR) • MONEY & ABUNDANCE Soothing Meditation
  • 1:34 pm Guided meditation for students


Hello my siblings in Christ, I’m Bojan,
and in this short video I hope to show you what being an Orthodox Christian
feels like. But first, a
little disclaimer: This is a depiction. There are many Orthodox people. Some are
more devout, some are less devout. Some of the items presented here do not
apply to a lot of Orthodox Christians – myself included. Just bear that in mind. For the Orthodox, everything we do is based
upon what we believe in; just like with everybody else. What sets us apart, of course, is what we
believe in. We believe in the Most Holy Trinity, the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit, One God, Three Persons in One
Essence. God created this world out
of love so that the whole creation would rejoice in God. However, man, the
custodian of the whole creation, fell by Satan’s deception, corrupting the
entire universe with sin. God would not let his creature perish, and
the Son became a man we know as Jesus Christ. By His teachings we live that love God has
for us. Christ died on the cross for us – not instead
of us, or to take our penalty – rather, our humanity dragged him
to death, but He arose from the dead, pulling us out of the common grave that
was never meant to be our ultimate destination. Now, we fight a good fight as we try to become
more Christ like, hour to hour, and day by day. However, we are not alone in our struggle. God fights majority of
our battles, if we deny our ego and just let Him do it. We are further aided by saints,
those faithful who have found favor with God. We are also assisted by angels, bodiless
beings that God has created before our material universe. Every person has a
personal guardian angel who does not stop praying for us. However, it is all a
struggle, and no struggle goes without an opponent. In our daily life we are
constantly tempted by demons, angels that have fell away from God. Knowing well
they can never hurt God Himself, they turned their rage upon beings that God
loves, the humans, and they will stop at nothing to separate us from the Lord. Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us many things, the essence of all them being love. We can break the daily living of an Orthodox
Christian into a trinity of salvation, which includes prayer, fasting
and alms. By prayer, we manifest
our love for God; with alms, with manifest our love for our neighbor; and by
fasting, we fight all our passions and sinful inclinations. There is not much that would separate an Orthodox
home from other homes except one thing – the icon corner. Icon corner is an area where the
Orthodox pray or simply go to stand in silent reverence before Christ. It contains the icons, physical depictions of Christ, the Mother of God, angels
and saints, but also everything else we hold holy – the Bible, vigil lamps,
incense et cetera. We hold the Bible in high regard, and we do
consider it to be the inspired word of God. We interpret it in Christ-centric way, and
we are guided by the holy tradition of the Fathers
of the Church to decipher its many mysteries. We also draw inspiration from many other saints,
either from their writings or reading their lives, and thus
see just how Christ manifested in someone’s life. Prayer is the focal point of our daily life. We being our day with
the sign of the Cross by which we indicate that we are Christ’s. We do this
sign to witness the Trinity, to ask for a blessing and to protect ourselves
from demonic temptations. We do this sign when we wake up or when we
go to bed; when we pray – and then we do it a lot; before
and after we commence and end our work and meals; whenever we’re joyful,
afraid and tempted. During our
prayers, we prostrate, kneel, and bow, but our supreme prayer position is
standing, indicating that we are not slaves but children of God, freed from
death and evil. A typical Orthodox will generally have a prayer
rule, a set of prayers he or she will read in the morning
and evening, and perhaps some other prayers to be read during the day. A good deal will also practice the Jesus
prayer, a short prayer that goes: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on
me.” We might say this prayer hundreds or even
thousands of times per day, constantly invoking the most holy name of
Jesus. For that purpose, we might use
a prayer rope, which is there to give us a tangible reminder to pray. Why we do
this? It’s easy – Saint Paul the Apostle reminded
us to pray without ceasing. We are not praying that much to break records;
we are doing it so that we wouldn’t turn away our attention from God. We use prayer books, but we also
pray in our own words. Prayer books are there to teach us how to
pray, as it is all too easy to pray for the wrong things
or to pray in wrong way. We fast. To keep this short, our fasting is essentially
vegan diet, except that we’re allowed fish on
certain days. Some days, olive oil and
wine are permitted, which some interpret as all oil and alcoholic beverages. We
fast on Wednesdays and Fridays, to commemorate our Lord’s betrayal by Judas and
His crucifixion. There are also longer fasting periods, of
which the Great Lent, by which we prepare for Christ’s death
and resurrection, is the most important. There are also three additional fasts, in
the honor of the Mother of God, the Apostles and Christ’s nativity. Like all other people, Orthodox people sin. There are three
sources of temptation: the flesh, that is, our fallen nature, the world, that
is to say, all the seductive power of our surroundings, and the devil. For us,
the sin isn’t so much a breaking of a rule; it is more of a disease that
prevents us to draw near to God. We speak not so much of sin, that is, an
individual mishap, as much as we speak of passions, the evil tendencies within
our heart of which sins are but a manifestation. Our passions are a disease that
requires a long treatment. When we sin, we confess our sins before God
and the Church. For us, repentance, not guilt, is the way
to go. Repentance leads to
joy, in replacing evil with good, leaving the evil deeds behind as we have our
gaze firmly set on Christ. Guilt may lead to repentance, but more often
than not, it leads to despair. It replaces evil with a different sort of
evil. Saints like Saint Mary Magdalene are symbols
of repentance; and there’s no better symbol of despair than Judas. For the Orthodox, marriage is holy. We consider it a Holy Mystery,
that is, a sacrament. We frown upon a divorce, but sometimes life
happens, so we do not disallow it completely, tragic as
it may be. Children aren’t left out
of the spiritual life; our children are baptized, chrismated (that is,
confirmed) and they also receive Communion, even when they’re toddlers. We consider the
family to be a small church, a natural extension of the capital C Church. Occasionally, an Orthodox will be called to
take upon the cross of monasticism. He or she will relinquish having a family
in order to be with God at all times through the vows of chastity, obedience and
poverty. Monks fight their egos
constantly, but one of their most distinguishable
characteristics is that they pray for the whole world. Yes, right now, someone
out there is praying for you, and I don’t mean your guardian angel; but he’s
praying for you too! Online. You will meet Orthodox people online. A lot of them go there for
the fellowship, to get more informed regarding their faith, to read up about
different saints, to engage in missionary work, to make and laugh at memes, to
chat, to post in forums, or simply to unwind. We’re not saints – but we might
be. Don’t idealize the Orthodox, or anyone else
for that matter. It’s bad for
you. The most important ways we approach God is
via the Holy Mysteries; different rites by which a faithful
Christian lives his life in Christ. These are: baptism, by which we enter Church
and die to our sins; chrismation, by which we are filled with the
Holy Spirit in order to live our Christian lives faithfully; the Eucharist,
by which we are fed with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ; marriage, by which
two people are forever bound by God in bond of love; confession, by which
our sins are forgiven; unction, by which we invoke God’s healing grace whenever
we are sick. However, very few
would deny that the monastic tonsure is a holy mystery as well – completely
devoting your life to the Lord. We also consider the burial a holy mystery,
by which we commend the soul of a faithfully
departed Christian to God’s loving arms. Us Orthodox use a variety of different objects
to help us along our Christian life. A good deal of us will have a cross around
our necks. We
have holy water, which the priests and laity sprinkle upon people and objects
in order to sanctify them. We also drink it. We use oil a lot – either to fuel our vigil
lamps, or to anoint ourselves. We offer incense – we do it a lot in the church,
and we might do it at home, too. We burn our vigil lamps in front of our icons
as a small sacrifice, but also to remind us of light of Christ. We also light candles – these will burn on
our altars, and we light votive candles. A lot of the Orthodox will light a candle
as soon as they get to a church. Now, all Christians are saints, but there
is that special kind of people who really let God reign in their hearts. There are many categories of canonized saints. For example, martyrs died for their faith,
the venerables were known for their asceticism,
fools for Christ would feign insanity in order to conceal their good deeds
and holy life. The Orthodox will
often ask the saints to pray for them. We cherish their relics, some of which
were kept incorrupt. We will also take pilgrimages to churches
and monasteries where these relics are kept. There are different ranks of clergy in our
churches. Bishops are
overseers who take care that all things done in Church are in accordance to
teachings of Christ. Bishops especially oversee priests, who are
set as shepherds, serving Christians both with the
holy mysteries and instruction. Deacons help out bishops and priests during
services, and are usually in charge of charitable duties. There are other, lower ranks, which help during
the services – the subdeacon, the reader and the
candlebearer. We believe that Christians form one family. This isn’t just a
pretty way of saying that we are close – we have the literal blood of Christ going
through our veins! That is why we gather to services to glorify
God together. There are different services depending on
the time of the day or different days of the week. For example, matins are served in morning,
vespers are served in evening; vigils are held on the eves of great
feast days. There are many other
services that we may participate it. However, the greatest service of them all
is the Divine Liturgy, the supreme act of worship and thanksgiving. It is often said that Christian
life revolves around the Divine Liturgy – it should lead to the Liturgy and
flow from it. During the Divine Liturgy the Orthodox take
Holy Communion, which we believe to be the true Body and Blood of
Christ, which sustains us in a mystical way and draws us to Christ in a most
intimate way. For the Orthodox, life is sacred. No Orthodox should ever
envision, approve or suggest an abortion. Life is a gift from God and is given
unto us so we could use our time to worship God and do good unto our neighbor –
not to be nipped in the bud. We also consider the bodies of dead Christians
to be holy as well. As a rule, the Orthodox Church does not allow
cremation. By
Incarnation, Christ made the matter holy. Bodies aren’t prisons for our souls,
they are not to be discarded to the flames after death and we treat them with
extreme reverence. There comes a time when a Christian’s life
on this Earth comes to an end. Orthodox funeral is elaborate – we bury our
dead, and wine and oil are poured over the casket as a symbol of the
royal priesthood all Christians partake in, but also as a reminder of the
Blood that was shed upon the Cross for our salvation. We pray for our dead, for we believe that
no one is truly dead in Christ. We wait for the resurrection of the dead,
when our proper union of souls and bodies will be restored, when
Christ comes in glory to judge us all according to our acts of love – or lack
thereof.

Otis Rodgers

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