Orthodox posts in 2019
Modern realities are such that very few people follow all the rules of Christianity, including the Orthodox posts of 2019. Even those who consider themselves believers are limited to attending church during church holidays. Well, on the observance of other religious rituals are not talking, but in vain.
What does a post mean?
Church fasting is one of the most important and essential foundations of the Christian faith. This is a period of humility, a time of abstaining from worldly life pleasures, a process of preparation for a special spiritual event.
A person who has decided to observe fasting, meaningfully renounces everyday comforts, refuses food of meat origin and addresses a prayer to God. And on the eve of a church holiday, having acquired meekness, it is freed from sinful intentions. Many people fail to withstand fasting, only the strong in spirit and faith are able to withstand and reach the end.
Fasting is not a strict diet, it has spiritual intentions. Its main meaning lies in the desire to improve the person, the purification of the soul, trying to figure out his own life.In the Orthodox religion posts are one-day and multi-day.
In this case, fasting days fall on Wednesday and Friday. The only exception is the holidays falling on these days of the week. These are Yuletides, Maslenitsa, Trinity, Christmas, Holy Week and others. Then the faithful do not fast or eat less modest food. The semantic load of the environment lies in the betrayal of Judas, and on Fridays - in the bottom of the suffering and death of Christ.
Other one-day posts in 2019:
- Epiphany Eve, established on the eve of Epiphany (January 18);
- The Day of the Beheading of John the Baptist, adopted on the day of the death of the Baptist Jesus (September 11);
- The Day of the Exaltation of the Cross of the Lord, determined on the day of the attainment of the Life-giving Cross (September 27).
These days, eggs, dairy, meat and fish products are excluded from food. It is allowed to eat only hot food, seasoned with butter.
Usually, an average of 180–190 fast days falls throughout the year.
Four days of post four. In the lives of believers, they are of great importance. Posts prepare people for the meeting of great religious holidays. Apart from the fact that during this period one should observe moderation in food, one should also visit temples, lead a modest lifestyle, appreciate and do good.By observing these acts, a person cleans his spiritual world.
The beginning and end of multi-day posts do not have clear definite dates, their borders are mobile. This feature depends on the most important holiday of believers - the Bright Resurrection of Christ, celebrated on the lunar-solar calendar. As a result, the dates of subsequent posts are shifted.
The holding of this Orthodox fasting in 2019 falls on the period from March 11 to April 27. It is dedicated to Easter and lasts 48 days. In Orthodoxy is the most stringent and long. The origins of Lent go to the biblical tales, which refers to the forty-day campaign of Jesus in the desert. During these days he did not eat anything and was subjected to the temptations of the devil. It is believed that because he was tested for resistance to temptation. Such an abstinence and endurance determined the way of salvation of mankind.
Fasting begins on Monday and ends on the Saturday before Christ’s Day. Throughout its term it is not allowed to eat meat products. Fasting prescribed cereal without butter, fruits, vegetables, nuts, bread, honey. Red wine is allowed on weekends.The first and last week of the post is the most restrictive. Thus, on the first day of fasting and on the eve of Easter, complete abstinence from food is provided.
It begins seven days after the Trinity and ends on July 11, on the eve of the Day of Remembrance of the Apostles Peter and Paul. The duration of fasting is different every year and averages 6 to 8 weeks. In 2019, the dates of the beginning and end of the Petrov post are on June 24 and July 11.
The fast was dedicated to the preachers of Christianity, who were destined to become missionaries of the Church. After the indulgence of grace, the apostles, through prayers and fasting, conveyed to the people the divine truths of the Gospel. During fasting, it is very important to spend days in prayers, broaden your horizons about Christian traditions and not be exposed to the temptations of worldly life.
Petrov post is less strict than the Great. During this time it is allowed to eat hot food without oil, vegetables, fruits, fish, cereals, mushrooms. Meat products and their derivatives, as well as alcohol, are not allowed to be eaten. Allowed to drink some red wine on the day of the celebration of the holy preachers.
This post is dedicated to the Mother of God.In comparison with other Orthodox posts, it is the shortest. Its duration - 2 weeks, in 2019 will be held from 14 to 27 August.
According to an ancient legend, the Virgin Mary had a vision of the time of her death. To go into another world, she prayed and fasted intensely, although there was no need for this - the whole life of the Mother of God was a model of holiness and did not need to be cleansed. Praising and becoming like its purity, today all Orthodox follow its example.
Refreshment during the Uspensky fasting modest: fruits, vegetables, oil-free cereals, mushrooms, bread, fish are allowed to eat on the day of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Eggs, dairy and meat can not be eaten.
The duration of this post is 40 days. In 2019, it begins on November 28 and ends on January 6, 2020, on the eve of the Nativity of Christ. Fasting is timed to the day of the birth of the Son of God. By tradition, during this period, all Orthodox Christians empathize with the Virgin Mary, who is preparing to give Jesus peace to the world. This is a special time when believers can purify their souls, heart, body and prepare for the holiday. A kind of Christmas fast is thanksgiving to God for his actions.Believers spend days in prayers, learn to avoid conflict situations, avoid various kinds of temptations.
The post is less strict than the Great. People are allowed to eat vegetable food, cereal with butter, fish dishes, on Tuesdays and Thursdays they are allowed to drink red wine. Meat and dairy products are still excluded from the diet. Strict days in terms of meals begin on January 2, when you should limit yourself to food, especially not to eat fish, wine, tea and coffee. And on Christmas Eve, it is necessary to completely give up food before the evening star appears.
People who have not previously fasted often wonder, “How is it easier to survive the days of posts in 2019?”. The answer is obvious: to go to church more often, to turn to God, not to curse. Gradually, ceasing to absorb the endless stream of information, a person is cleared, philosophical thoughts arise in his head, there is a reason to repent of his sins. So throughout the year we become closer to our Creator.