Several times a year, Orthodox Christianslimit themselves to eating and carnal desires. These pieces of time are called posts. They provide for a refusal not only of food, but full spiritual cleansing, reunification with God and humility. One of the main posts is Filippov, who precedes the bright holiday of Christmas.
This is the eve of the fourteen days - forty daysabstinence, spiritual and physical. Before the Philipp Philippine post comes, on November 27, you could still eat something delicious and fast. To withstand the long weeks of all kinds of restrictions and not violate strict rules, our ancestors came up with the custom: to eat up to the heap. As well as oil, the people are still on the eve of Christmas Eve partying, going to visit and eating with the family.
After this, November 28, Filippovskypost, during which you must follow strict rules: do not eat products of animal origin, do not drink alcohol, do not maintain intimate relationships in marriage. It is forbidden even to sing and dance, all this time people should devote to prayers and fellowship with God.
Christmas or Filippovsky Orthodox fastinglasts exactly forty days: from November 28 to January 6. He is not as strict and hungry as Paschal, but he will still have to give up meat and milk. Already in advance, you need to think about what to replace these products, because the body will be catastrophically short of protein. To avoid its deficit, doctors recommend eating soy products, beans and peas. The priests claim: in order not to yield to the temptation to eat something forbidden, make your daily menu as diverse as possible. Cook vareniki with potatoes, cabbage rolls with mushrooms, salad, donuts and other delicacies.
Three parts of the post
The abstinence period can be divided into threetime interval. The first one lasts from the beginning of the fast until the day of St. Nicholas on December 19. These days on Mondays, one should eat only vegetable food without adding oil. It is allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Also on these four days of the week, a small amount of fish and red wine is allowed. Wednesday and Friday should be fully dedicated to dry thinking.
Filippovskiy post, which lasts 40 days,comes to the peak of severity in the last week before Christmas. Consciousness extends for three days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday plant food without oil is put. It is recommended only once a day without such excesses as fish and wine. On Christmas Eve, January 6, you need to starve the whole day, right up until the appearance of the first star in the sky.
Leaving the post
To not get an upset stomach, you needcompetently stop abstinence. Filippovskiy post ends on the night before Christmas. This is a great holiday for all Orthodox, when the table is bursting with delicacies and delicacies. Restricting himself for a long time, a person often breaks down and gets to the hospital. Therefore, on Christmas Eve, when dinner is served for non-meals, try each of them a little. Drink a glass of wine, which helps digestion.
Christmas (Filippovsky) postprovides not only food restrictions. As John Chrysostom said: "True abstinence is also the curbing of one's tongue, the taming of lust, the deliverance from evil, anger and evil thoughts, the cessation of lies and slander." Therefore, try to observe these rules, and not only during fasting, but also throughout life.