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Matthew 6:16-18

And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you

Christian Orthodoxy

Discovering the Essence of "Orthodox"

The term Orthodox draws its essence from the ancient Greek words: ‘orthos’ meaning ‘right,’ and ‘doxa’ meaning ‘belief.’ In its very core, ‘Orthodox’ signifies the pursuit of correct belief and right thinking.

A Path of Transformation

Orthodoxy is more than just a Sunday ritual; it is a profound journey of transformation. It’s not confined to the hours of worship but rather an ongoing commitment to living in the presence of the Lord Jesus, a journey that seeks to encompass every moment of your life.

Roots of the Orthodox Christian Church

The Orthodox Christian Church stands as the original Christian Church, a divine institution founded by Jesus Christ Himself through His apostles. Its ancient lineage bears the timeless message of the Gospel, with ‘Evangelion,’ the Greek word for Gospel, translating to “Good News.”

A Journey Led by Christ

At the heart of our faith, we understand that Jesus Christ has set us upon a spiritual voyage. He, as the Alpha and the Omega, encompasses our journey from beginning to end. We, as His disciples, are continually immersed in the teachings and presence of the Living Lord, finding guidance and purpose in His timeless wisdom.

Eastern Orthodox fasting is a spiritual discipline that involves abstaining from certain foods and drinks for a period of time, usually in preparation for a religious feast or as a form of penance. There are several reasons why Eastern Orthodox Christians fast:

Spiritual discipline: Fasting is seen as a way to discipline the body and focus the mind on spiritual matters. By abstaining from food and other distractions, believers are able to devote more time and energy to prayer and contemplation.
Repentance: Fasting is also seen as a way to express repentance for sins and to seek forgiveness from God. By denying themselves food and other pleasures, believers humble themselves before God and seek His mercy.
Communal solidarity: Fasting is often practiced by the entire Eastern Orthodox community during certain periods, such as Lent. This creates a sense of communal solidarity and helps to strengthen the bonds between believers.
Preparation for liturgical events: Fasting is often practiced in preparation for liturgical events, such as the celebration of the Nativity or the Resurrection. By abstaining from certain foods and drinks, believers are able to better prepare themselves for these events and to fully participate in the liturgy.
Overall, Eastern Orthodox fasting is seen as a way to draw closer to God,
to seek His forgiveness and mercy, and to grow in spiritual discipline and devotion.

Praying Without Ceasing
An Orthodox Perspective on Continuous Prayer

In Orthodoxy, the phrase “Pray without ceasing” is a fundamental concept often associated with the practice of the Jesus Prayer. This statement is taken from the New Testament, specifically 1 Thessalonians 5:17, which says, “Pray without ceasing.”

From a liturgical point of view, this phrase emphasizes the importance of maintaining a constant connection with God through prayer. In Orthodox tradition, it signifies the idea that prayer should be an ongoing, unceasing, and integral part of one’s daily life. It doesn’t mean that an individual must be in formal prayer all the time but rather that they should maintain a spirit of prayerfulness throughout their day.

The Jesus Prayer is a common way to practice this continuous prayer. It involves repeating a short prayer, such as “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner,” throughout the day. By doing so, Orthodox Christians aim to keep their hearts and minds focused on God, seeking His guidance, mercy, and presence in all their actions and thoughts. This practice is considered a way to cultivate a deeper relationship with God and to remain mindful of His grace at all times.