Here are some topics related to good order and conduct in our mission. May our Lord bless us as we seek to put on the righteousness that is found in Him.
Worship in the Orthodox Church involves the entire person: body, soul, and spirit. Just as our spirit wants to ascend in worship, so too, the body wants to ascent. God made us body and soul. Many characterize our worship as both physical and spiritual. Depending on your background, that can make a person a little uncomfortable at first. We believe that physical movements and gestures express the inner state of the heart. Here are a few of the common practices you often see and some of the reasons behind why we do them.
On Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, we observed the traditional Orthodox fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine, and oil), except during the 5 canonically appointed fast-free or moderated-fast periods. During these times you are free to eat anything you wish, even on Wednesdays and Fridays, except as noted:
There are 4 canonically appointed fasting seasons in the liturgical year. Here are the general rules in regard to your fast during these times.