order to know how we can live as an orthodox person in today's society, we
must understand two important things:
Life is based on three important pillars: * Repentance * Nutrition *
Calendar consists of: * Orthodox Day, * Orthodox Week, * Orthodox Month *
order to lead an orthodox life, we need to have repentance, nutrition and
service. No one can consider him/herself orthodox if they do not repent, if
they are not nourished spiritually, and if they do not serve and help
- the meaning of repentance is to turn away from your sins in order to live
a holy life with the Lord. In our Orthodox Church, repentance is based on
four important things:
I must REGRET committing the sin
- I must INSIST on staying away from sin
- I must BELIEVE in the Blood of our Lord to cleanse me
- I must CONFESS my sins in the presence of a priest
must confess to the priest because he is the servant of the sacrament of
confession and the Holy Spirit works through the priest in order to give
the Absolution of sins, and a Solution to our problems. This is orthodox
repentance. We must have a confession father, we must be regular in
confession and we must be obedient to the guidance of our confession
father. If we do not practice these things, then our repentance is not
- Confession is good because it helps us on our path to salvation,
but confession alone is not sufficient if we do not nourish ourselves
confessing our sins, we must nourish ourselves through prayer, reading the
Bible, receiving Holy Communion, attending youth meetings and church
services, and reading spiritual books. If we do not nourish ourselves in
this way after confession and at all times, we will return to our sin once
- The orthodox person must be a caring person, sharing his/her spiritual
gifts with others, and when you are older, you must all be members of the
Servant Preparation class so that you can be future Sunday School servants
in the church.
must always serve others because we are all members in the body of Christ
and we all belong to the family of orthodoxy.
ways in which we can serve is to encourage others to come to church, clean
the church, be deacons if you are boys, visit the sick and the elderly and
orthodox person must have an orthodox day, an orthodox week, an orthodox
month and an orthodox year.
Some of the things an orthodox person can do daily are: pray, read the
bible, read from the Sinixarium of saints, read the sayings and Scriptures
of the day from the Coptic Calendar, and read from the Agbia. The word 'Agbia'
means hour, and in the Agbia, there are seven prayers:
Morning Prayer at 6am, commemorating the Lord's resurrection;
Hour Prayer at 9am, commemorating the Holy Spirit's descent on the Apostles
on the day of Pentecost.
Hour Prayer at 12pm, in remembrance of our Lord's crucifixion;
Hour Prayer at 3pm, remembering when our Lord died;
Sunset Prayer at 5pm, in remembrance of our Lord being taken off the cross;
Prayer Before Sleep (Compline) at 6pm, remembering when our Lord was laid
in the tomb.
Midnight Prayers at 12am.
An orthodox person must pray as much as they can.
Some of the things an orthodox person can do weekly are: Attend the Holy
Mass and receive the Holy Communion, and fast every Wednesday and Friday.
of the things an orthodox person can do monthly are: Confess, remember the
commemoration days of St. Mary on the 21st and 29th day of every month, and
the Archangel Michael on the 12th day of every month.
of the things an Orthodox person can do yearly are: Take part in the holy
fasts of our church - Advent (Christmas Fast), Jonah's Fast, Lent,
the Apostles' Fast and St. Mary's Fast. We must also rejoice with the
church on feast days - Christmas, Epiphany, Palm Sunday, Easter, Apostles
Feast, St. Mary's Feast, and El Nayrooz.
If we follow the orthodox calendar and live and take part in the events of
the orthodox calendar, then we will live orthodox lives, and will always
abide in the spirit of orthodoxy.