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Censing at home

Posted by Andrey Grohotov on

Historically, it has probably been exceptional for a laymen to use incense at home, because of the expense involved, and so it should not be thought that this is essential, but it certainly is permissible. A laymen would only use a hand censer – not a swinging censer like the clergy typically use. When a person censes with a hand censer, the censer is held in the right hand, and the sign of the cross is made with the censer over whatever he is censing. Then the censer is placed in the left hand, and he makes the sign of...

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Parent Saturdays. Memorial dates in 2020

Posted by Andrey Grohotov on

The memory of the deceased relatives constantly lives in the hearts of loved ones. For special preservation of memory of the dead in the calendar of Orthodox holidays there are special days in which clerics recommend to pray for the dead.Parental days or memorial Saturdays are so called since ancient times, when only there was a tradition in the temples to pray for the deceased Christians. Tradition also recommends to visit the cemetery. By the name “parent” it is clear that first people remember the deceased father and mother, and also mention in prayer and other relatives, relatives and friends.The...

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15 February - Presentation of Jesus at the Temple

Posted by Andrey Grohotov on

The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple (also called the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple) is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church, celebrated on February15. In Eastern tradition, it is often called The Meeting of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, because the hymns emphasize the incarnate God, the Lord Jesus Christ, meeting with his people, Israel, in the persons of the Prophet Simeon and the Prophetess Anna. According to the law of Moses, every firstborn male was to be brought into the temple to be dedicated to God on the fortieth day...

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