All Christians honor the Holy Gospel, as the main holy book, a living word, given by the Lord. By tradition, the Scriptures quoted in the temple during worship, no less important to the sacred texts to contact at any time of the day. However, newly acquainted to faith do not always know how to read the gospel at home . So I was hard to initially master the reading of the Bible, so I will introduce you to the rules of this sacrament, which should be daily for every believer.
Why hard to master the gospel
Difficulties with reading the Bible arise from most believers at the beginning of their righteous path to God. The phenomenon is connected not only with the style of writing divine texts for the laity. Constantly something distracts, interfere with important things either overflowing too lazy, and taking the gospel in hand, a person suddenly begins to yawning or he suddenly wants to sleep.
According to the priests, such sensations confirm the existence of a subtle world in which the angels and demons live. Conductors of the dark forces do not like at all that we and at home we appeal to God, measured to read the gospel. Therefore, dark perfume builds all sorts of goats to distract a person from a godly business. Creditations of the household plan and scattered, which often overcome beginners, the prayer rules are recommended to oppose our prayer for our own.
Important. Even if you have not fully remembered read, do not stop reading. Acquisition to the halo of saints of thinking enlightens us, completely changing the mental attitude, reflected in the actions.
The saint of Ignatius Bryanchaninov in his collection of statements of the Rev. "Sech" by the mouth of the elder gave an answer to the question - to read or not Scripture, if the text is not impaired and not remembered:
The saint offers to appeal to the Gospel and after him to create the following prayer:
There is no strict rules about the text of prayers before and after appeal to the Bible, purity of thoughts, sincerity of appeal, the passion of desire to be heard by the Lord is important.
Recommended reading rules
Throughout the time of studying the texts of the Holy Scripture, each Christian discovers all new meanings set forth in the Bible. Therefore, the rules of admission to the living Word of the Lord covered some myths that require clarification.
- Myth - a woman before reading the gospel is to be in a modest outfit, covering your head with a handkerchief. The answer is to read the Bible at home is allowed without compliance with any formalities.
- Myth - quickly assimilate information of the treatise is impossible, so quite simple prayer or continue to read at another time. The answer is reading the Holy Gospel of the house, the man clears his soul and thoughts, even if the meaning of the read did not remember.
- The myth is to correctly study the Bible written by the Old Slavonic language. Answer - It is recommended to read spiritual texts in the language that is well understood by a person or is native.
The clergymen advise people only to the spiritual path, read interpretations to the Gospel. In the small book "The Law of God", the authorship of Archer Seraphim Slobodsky, collected and clearly formulated the basic concepts of faith.
We read at home right
Before appealing to God's revelation, some important points should be taken into account:
- You need to read seriously and consciously, with a configuration for communication with the Almighty;
- You need to read with all the full faith in the truth of the evangelical episodes;
- You need to read daily with the maximum degree of seriousness.
The Batyushka in the Church advised me to properly plan his day to refer to the reading of the Gospel after the morning awakening, if possible during the day and after all completed business for the night. You can develop a certain system for yourself - to read three chapters per day in small parts, but they must be necessarily logically finished. After completing reading all the texts of the Scriptures, you should return to its start to form and consolidate the integrity of the perception of the information received.
Features of reading gospel
In the days of the Great Post to read the Word of God at home do not stop, but on the contrary - reading strengthening, paying the focus of events describing the latest episodes of the Earth's path of Jesus Christ. These are sermons, the courts over it, passion and death on the cross, as well as the wonderful resurrection of the Lord. These episodes are required to read during the passionate week.
According to the recommendations of the cross-seraphim of Slobodsky, the Word of God needs to be read, looking at himself with a cross-sign - once before reading and three times after him. However, it is not yet possible to pronounce the sacred words sitting, the main reading should accompany the reverence, awareness of read without distraction to worldly affairs. Saint Filaret (Drozdov), Metropolitan Moskovsky said: "It is better to think about God, rather than standing - about the legs."
In the collection of prayer there are prayers preceding and final reading of the Gospel:
Appeal to Scripture on the road. Holy Fathers do not recommend reading the Word of God in transport. Contact texts is better at home in a relaxed atmosphere, but if you wish, you can open the Bible in the way, dispelled by the Light of God's words on others.
We study Scripture with children
At home, read the gospel is not only possible, but also necessary, entitled to the living Word of their children from the earliest years. The preschooler will be interested to listen if you find specially adapted for the perception of young children. Collections of Orthodox texts. However, it is not worth going on an erroneous way - to use lightweight texts, where participants in Divine events are presented with fabulous heroes.
Schoolchildren will correctly read the adult version of the Gospel. The incomprehensible plots of ancient events disassemble together, addressing clarifications to the interpretations compiled by John Zlatoust. You can choose the works of Archbishop Averkia (Tausheva) or Metropolitan of Veniamine (Pushkar), an intelligent Bible A. Lopukhin. It is not required to consecrate the literature of spiritual orientation.
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People who have recently joined the church, do not know how to correctly read the gospel of the house, and therefore ask similar questions to priests. Reading the Scriptures, usually, is associated with a number of difficulties. And they should be considered more.
Difficulties in the development of the Gospel
Some believers note that at first to read the Scripture is extremely difficult. And it is connected not only with the unusual style of the presentation, but also that many steadily pulls into sleep when reading it.
The priests believe that this phenomenon is associated with the manifestations of a subtle world, where there are not only angels, but also demons. I don't like the dark forces when a person is engaged in the study of the Holy Scriptures. And they try to prevent such action in every way.
In the coercion of difficulties with reading the gospel, they are smaller, because they are strong in spirit. And their faith is more and deeper than newbies. Therefore, all temptations and difficulties in the development of the Holy Book are held over time if a person makes efforts to this.
Gospel reading rules
There are a number of rules related to the reading of Scripture. They contain the following information:
- Read it is necessary;
- The first reading must be spent from the beginning to the end of the book. Next, you can read your favorite passages. But this does not mean that you need to read continuously;
- During reading it is impossible to be distracted or rushing.
In addition to general rules, there are myths associated with the reading of the Gospel in the modern world. Among them are such as:
- Those where it is said that a woman must have a certain form of clothing and a covered head for reading. In the home setting you can read without these formalities;
- Those where it is mentioned that if the information is not remembered, it is enough just to pray. To learn everything from the Gospel, even for dozens of readings is almost impossible. Therefore, it is worth reading even when the read read in the head is completely not postponed. Just as the river cleans the man laid into it, and the person himself reads, cleared.
The longer the Holy Scripture is being studied, the more new meanings open for himself a Christian in the end. On the question of how to properly read the gospel of the house, it is difficult to give an unequivocal answer.
What language to study Scripture?
Modern people do not know the old Slavonic language, and it is not recommended to torment him reading. It is best to disassemble spiritual texts in the language that is native for a person.
How to attach to the reading of the Gospel of Children?
In Orthodoxy, there are many excellent books for children, where biblical plots are described in an affordable form. You can purchase one of them to read about this to children. But the reading of the "adult" the gospel is also welcome.
Unacceptable use for reading modern stylized fairy tales options. The child must understand the importance of the process, and not confuse him with children's fun.
Do you need to use interpretation?
Due to the lack of church knowledge, the believer may not understand some excerpts from the Scripture. Then it is necessary to resort to official interpretation, permitted by the church or a private confessor.
Is it necessary to illuminate spiritual literature?
This question is the priests give a negative answer. In church practice there is no refinement of literature. And the gospel in itself is already a holy book. And in additional lighting does not need.
If there are any doubts about the acquired publication, it is worth sharing them with a priest in the church. The clergyman can act as a censor, but there will be no consecutive book.
So how to correctly read the gospel at home? It is necessary to do it in a relaxed atmosphere. You can read in solitude, and you can organize reading for the whole family. If difficulties arise, then before reading you can pray to the Lord. Ask him about the custody of wisdom to study the Holy Scriptures. Thoughtfulness and diligence are the main aspects of comprehending one of the main books in Christianity. While reading it is recommended to make entries in a separate notebook. There you can write down questions, important thoughts and loved quotes. This approach helps to systematize the knowledge gained.
Prayer before reading the Gospel: Preparation of the soul to the adoption of spiritual food
"Is it possible to read prayers sitting?" - Frequently asked question
How to read the Gospel: Sitting or Standing? Does women cover head? Is it possible in transport? Translated or only in Church Slavonic? ..
Responding to the magazine "Start" to these and many other questions, often asked by clergymen online, the governor of the Kiev Trinity Iona Monastery Bishop Obukhovsky Ion notes: the main thing is the Gospel to read. Read every day and try to live on it. ***
About the phenomenon with whom we face while reading the Gospel
- Vladyka, the first question about why the Bible is so hard. Any magazine or newspaper is usually "swallowed" in one breath. But as for the gospel and delicate books, it is more difficult with this. That hands do not reach, I do not want at all. Can we talk about some kind of special laziness that "attacks" on a person exactly when he has to do something for the soul?
"It seems to me that in this case we are talking about a phenomenon that really confirms the existence of a different world - the world of angels and demons - the world is very thin, mysterious.
Indeed, you have noted a very interesting point. When we have in our hands or a laptop, or a fascinating novel, for some reason I don't want to sleep, and we are able to heed the written late. But it is worth getting into our hands in the hands of a spiritual book - it is not in mind that there is no spiritual fiction, which in abundance appeared in our time, and serious ascetic theological literature and, especially, the Sacred Scripture - how immediately we are for some reason clone to sleep. Thoughts are not held in our cranial box, begin to fly away in a wide variety of directions, and reading becomes very and very difficult.
All this shows that someone in the world of dark spirits do not like what we do. What is someone who is so clearly opposed to us in reading, which presses us, brings us to God.
I would like to note such a moment. Even if we do not completely remember all of what is read, - due to the weakness of memory or for some other reasons, it is still necessary to read. This question was revealed in the Bryanchaninov of St. Ignatia Bryanchanin's book, in which the statements of the Egyptian reverend IV-V centuries were collected. A certain student came to the old man and says: "What to do, I haven't been reading sacred writing, other books, I don't have anything in my head, I remember anything. Is it true in this case, it may not need? " What he was said: as dirty underwear, placed in the stream, even without washing is cleaned, because the running water is flushed out of it all the dirt and from our head reading the divine books is washing away the dirt, litter and enlightens our thoughts by gospel light.
So it's still so important to constantly read delete-minded books: Even if we remember anything, anyway, staying in the halo of the thoughts of the saints, the words of the Holy Scripture necessarily enlightened and asks him a completely different attitude.
- Regarding the reading of the Gospel, I would like to ask about the purely practical sides, based on the issues that are often asked for clerics on the Internet. For example, do you need to make discharge from text while reading? After all, so we read less, but it is remembered. Or is it better to try to read more without being distracted by outline?
- It seems to me that it all depends on the degree of human organizability. There are people who need to be systematized, somehow fix it, to decompose it, they will perceive better. They are indeed useful and outline, and make some extracts.
There are those who are not distinguished by a similar system, I think their majority. Such people need to regularly and constantly read the sacred Scriptures and, desirable, with interpretation. It is clear that the first few times you need to read completely without distract. But the further we will read, the more you will see the need to understand it better. With my mind, at some stages of many things, we will still not be able to comprehend, therefore it is worth contacting the 20-century experience of the Church.
- Which of the books-interpretations could you recommend to read? It is desirable from those that are available for widespread consumption written by a light style, syllable.
- In general, all people who are at the beginning of their spiritual path, which are only harvesting, very much recommend to read the book of Archer Seraphim Slobodsky "Law of God". Perhaps the name encounters the idea that the book is designed for children in a certain primary school, but in fact she is quite serious. In my opinion, this is a brilliant example of how it is possible to collect in one book of a small volume and formulate very exccoation and clearly the basic concepts of faith, about the church, about Orthodoxy. Including, there is a section about the sacred Scripture, about the history of the Church, so that a person can get a systematic idea of what the church is and what place she takes in our lives. This book needs to be sure to read each thoroughbling person.
As for the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures, there is quite a lot of wonderful publications. The classics is the interpretation of St. John Zlatoust. But for the newcomer it may seem somewhat complicated and not in all understandable. In my opinion, if a person is just going to start learning the Holy Scripture, it is best to take advantage of the interpretation of Archbishop Averkia (Tausheva). It will certainly be clear and clear to everyone.
About how to read the gospel at home
- More practical questions about reading the gospel at home. Need to read be sure to stand or can sitting?
- By custom, a special reverence of Holy Scripture implies reading it.
But, in my opinion, nothing should distract Evangelical words from attention, it is necessary to plunge into reading as much as possible. And standing still suggests some instability. And in this case, any, especially the young man, will definitely have the thoughts that it would be good to sit down, or what he needs to run somewhere, or go something to do. Therefore, if in the temple we are listening to the sacred Scripture "Sorry", that is, standing straight, lowering the hands, then at home, I think it can be read and sitting to better understand and not be distracted by thoughts from attention to the divine literature.
- The question of the shape of clothing for women: should they be covered with a head?
- In my opinion, such questions are already out of the category of "mosquito". It turns out if a person proves in a situation where he cannot cover his head, then in this case, not reading the sacred Scripture? ..
We know that a woman during prayer is the house of Lee, in the temple of Lee - must necessarily cover the head. Reading the Holy Scripture Prayer is not, therefore, I think it is quite acceptable to read it with a uncoated head.
- Does you have when reading the skirt, or is it possible in domestic clothes in sports pants, for example?
- My opinion is optional to wear some special clothing for reading or prayer rule. If it is a favorite pajama and slippers in the form of bears, it is quite possible. The main thing is that it was clothing, and not, say, underwear.
But this concerns the situation when a person prays himself. If we are talking about a Christian family, especially when there are children, then you need to try to dress in what more corresponds to prayer. The woman should be a skirt and a cake, a man should also be in more or less decent clothes - to emphasize the importance of the moment the first of the family before God. This is especially important for the upbringing of children - we show that the prayer is not performed on the go, but is the most important common matter.
- During the days of natural purification, women cannot be applied to icons, approach the blessing and to the cross. And what about the Gospel? It is believed that it is also impossible to apply to it. Accordingly - and read?
- Gospel In this case, you need to read with IPAD ...
This is a joke, of course. But, indeed, in my opinion, such prescriptions are complete nonsense. Instructions regarding the purity of women, primarily concern the sacraments - confession, communion, cobbies and others. At certain days, a woman cannot participate in them. All other restrictions are the tradition of one or another, one or another arrival. That is, there is no clear prescription in the church, which cannot be done during this period.
Traditionally, it is believed that in addition to non-participation in the sacraments, a woman should also refrain from tasteing the prosphirts and holy water, not to apply to icons, and theoretically does not take the blessing from the priest.
But again, it is necessary to understand that in addition to the theoretical, there is also a practical side of life: if the reform to eat or to the icon to attach - entirely in our will, then faced the nose to the nose with the priest, explain the father, for what reason you are hiding your hands behind your back, for what reason you are hiding your hands behind your back, I think it will be inappropriate.
Again, staying in this state does not exclude contact with certain sacred objects. After all, the greatest shrine - the cross of Christ, which we wear on the body, we do not remove during this period, it remains on us. And the procession impose on yourself. Also with a prayer and homemade gospel: I think that it is possible and even you need to not interrupt your current prayer rule and, accordingly, do not cease to read the Holy Scripture.
- Read the gospel with prayer or without prayer?
- Preferably, but not necessarily.
About prayer and reading the gospel on the road
- In continuation of the theme of a reverent attitude to the Holy Scriptures - is it possible to read it in transport? A lot of time a modern man spends on the road and combines this time with reading prayers and sacred books. Is it permissible?
"It seems to me that the prayer rule needs to read at home, in a relaxed atmosphere, when nothing distracts from the interview with God. Only force majeure situations can be the exception, when a person or stayed at work is late, or some failed schedule failed, and a person knows exactly that he will come home and due to objective reasons will not be able to deduct all prayers. In this case, it is allowed to read in transport. But this should not get into the habit and become a constant practice. You must always listen to your conscience and evaluate how much the need to pray on the road is real and reasonable.
As for the Gospel, spiritual literature, then I believe, you can read in transport. After all, through the eyes in a person, most of the information includes, so better let them be engaged in the perception of the Word of God, which is dissipated on the people around people, on advertising and on others who do not bring any fetus and even harmful things.
About Protestant publications of the Holy Scriptures and the dangers of some translations
- Is it possible to use the publications of the New Testament, which representatives of Protestant denominations are distributed free? Or acquire the Gospel in the temples of other denominations?
- In Protestant editions you always need to watch whose translation. If it is suggested that it is reprinted with a synodal edition (produced before the revolution on the blessing of the Holy Governing Synod - a body that has managed church life at that time), then you can read.
If there is no indication or it is said that this is a translation of some society, or a new translation, or adapted, or something else, of course, it is better to refrain. Often, many denominations, translating the sacred scripture, adapt it to their creed. As, for example, Jehovists significantly distorted the Gospel with their pseudo-turnover for the reason that the Deity of Jesus Christ did not recognize the deity. All places where the Savior's deity says, they redid them. Such publications should not be used and at the first convenient case they need to be disposed of - as any shrine that has come into disrepair. Usually the shrine is burned, and ashes or buried in an unleashed place, that is, where they do not go, either fit into the flow water - in the river, for example.
- Many believers doubt whether the publications of the Gospel can be used, which produces world biblical society, and trust the fact that it is sold in church shops and shops. How do you think?
- Sacred Scripture, as I said, it is advisable to use only what is reprinted with a synodal translation, which was at one time taken back in the XIX century in the Russian Orthodox Church.
Bible society can publish adapted translations. They certainly do not have those distortions that are present in various translations of Protestant denominations, but it seems to me it is better to use the traditional synodal translation.
In addition, it is also necessary to understand that acquiring the Holy Scripture in the Orthodox Church, in this way, contribute to the temple. Although books can be somewhat more expensive than in biblical society or in Protestants.
- Do I need to sanctify the acquired publications of the Bible or the New Testament?
- It seems to me that, firstly, the Holy Scripture in itself is already a shrine, so it is not necessary to sanctify. Secondly, there is no sanctification of the Holy Scriptures.
It should be said that earlier the crosses and icons were brought into the temple not for consecration, but for blessing. In Greece, a tradition was preserved that neither crosses nor the icons are sanctified, but only bless in the temple.
What do you mean blessed? The priest, like a censor, looks at how much this image corresponds to the canons of the Orthodox Church, and blesses or does not bless it.
Actually, the chin of sanctification itself - both a native cross and icons - came to us from Catholic Catholic demands from the times of Peter the grave and is not quite Orthodox in spirit.
- The same biblical society publishes many children's books - adapted New Testament stories, for example. There are such publications where all the heroes of the gospel events are depicted, you can say cartoon characters. Are there any prejudices from the Church to the image of Christ and Saints in this form?
- I am a big opponent of profanation of the whole sacred, including, if it is sacred in some unsophisticate form comes to children.
As for whether to use if such publications, it was possible to talk about it 10-15 years ago, when the Orthodox did not have any analogues. Now in Russia there is a huge number of children's books with wonderful illustrations that are fulfilled in the spirit of the Orthodox Church. There are even wonderful children's books with canonical icons. And all this is made bright and high quality. Thus, a child since childhood learns to perceive Christ, the Mother of God in the way that the Orthodox Church has preserved for us.
It should be understood that in which image we will get acquainted with any character, he often will remain in our consciousness. Stirlitz - the main hero of Julian Semenov's book - appears solely in the form of actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov. Alexander Nevsky - in the form of actor Nikolai Cherkasov, who played him in the same film.
Also the baby: if the first time he comes into contact with Christ, with the Virgin, with the apostles on some comics, there is a high probability that this primitive image is imprinted in his children's head.
About whether there is a difference in which language to read the gospel and pray
- Are there any prescriptions to what language should the Bible be in? Many believe that the Gospel, the psalter needs to be read only in Church Slavonic - as it is done in the temples during worship. But since we are all torn off the tradition, when Church Slavonic was studied in primary schools, then not everyone reads understand correctly and not fully comprehend the meaning of words. In this case, it is logical and natural to read in the language on which we say, what do you think?
- By virtue of the fact that the Sacred Scripture is not some easy-story, then, in my opinion, it is better to read it in translation - in Russian, Ukrainian or any other language - the fact that man is understandable.
The same applies to Psaltiri - if a person wants to carefully read Psalms, and not just a rope of tongue, uttering beautiful church Slavonic phrases. You can read alternately: for example, once all the psalms on Church Slavonic, next time - in Russian. Ideally, the reading of the psalter should be part of the daily prayer rule. Though little, but it is necessary to read it, because the psalms are used in the circle of the divine services of the Orthodox Church. And being in the service, if we read the psalter in translation, we can understand those allusions and sent to it, which sounded in the service in the temple.
In addition, there is a commandment: Sing God is reasonable. This is to the fact that Psalms - and this, in essence, spiritual songs, you need to understand, sing intelligently. As an old man of Paisius Afonov said - if we do not understand what we pray, how can you agree with God?
But pray, I am deeply convinced, follows Church Slavonic. Still, the prayers of the colloquial speech are deprived of the hill, which is present in the text not just in other languages, but in Church Slavonic.
And references to the fact that everything is not always clear when reading prayers, I consider completely untenable and even stupid. Now there are courses, where people for the month or two are studying a foreign language, therefore, I think, to learn 20-30 incomprehensible church Slavonic words from the prayer consension will be able to anyone.
About why the same gospel passages are read in the temples
- During each divine liturgy, the gospel is read in the temple, and, as a rule, at certain Sundays we hear the same passages prescribed by the Charter. Why is only individual episodes are elected to read in the temple?
- It is impossible to say that only individual episodes are elected. For the calendar year on daily worships in the temple, the Gospel is fully read.
Where did the tradition go to read the gospel on the services? We know that the 100 percent literacy of the population is possible only thanks to (in any case, in our country) the efforts of Lenin Grandpa. Before the revolution, and even more so, even in more ancient times, not all people were competent. And those who knew how to read, did not have the opportunity to have a sacred writing, because the books were rare. We know how expensive the lists cost, handwritten books - they were valued, in the literal sense of the word, on the weight of gold. When they sold such a book, it was often on the opposite bowl of the scales, something from jewels. Therefore, rarely who had the text of the Holy Scriptures.
At the time, when, actually, the worship of the Christian church was formed, all Christians were attended by a total prayer, they gathered daily for the Eucharist in the temple. And during these meetings, some part of the Gospel was read. And since people were regularly on the services, lived in the spirit of the Holy Scriptures, they knew him, because during the year it was fully read all.
And now, if we open the liturgical calendar, there are evangelical passages every day. And on Sunday days the church has identified reading the most edging fragments.
I think, if a person wants to live in Christ, then for him any opportunity to hear the Holy Scripture is always joyful and Otradna for his soul. Moreover, it is necessary to understand that gospel readings have a one-year circle. I think it is unlikely that someone can remember what was read year ago. Every time, even if a person reads the houses of the Gospel, that little passage, which is read on Sunday, for him is a small discovery, a reminder of the most significant proverbs and the most significant events in the life of Christ.
- Orthodox Christians quite often have to hear reproaches from people of non-church, that we have the same thing every day - the same prayers, similar to each other, one book for daily reading - the gospel. If you try to answer this reproach, then why do you need a daily repetition?
- It seems to me that such reprocesses are some nonsense. If you follow the literally the Holy Scriptures, then the Lord Jesus Christ left us only one prayer - "Our Father". But if we read only one alone, then I would certainly have died even more.
For me, the question thus never stood, I am rather strange to hear it. If a person confuses the monotony, then become holy, reaching holiness, and then you will have a gift of prayer, and you will know what to pray.
But if someone is embarrassed by daily morning and evening prayers, then you can offer: well, pray in your own words. Most that will ask? - Lord, give health. Lord, do so that at work it was good. Lord, let my children grow good people. And everything in such a spirit.
That is, most of us have consumer attitude to prayer, although the Lord said: "Look for the kingdom of God, the rest will be applied to you." And the prayers of Morning and Evening are just aimed at ensuring that the person learned to pray. This can be called some spiritual gymnastics. When we do in the morning and in the evening gymnastics, we repeat in principle monotonous movements. For what? In order for these movements to become a habit, so that we acquire some physical qualities, the skills you need for life.
Also, the morning and evening prayers are gymnastics for our prayer consciousness. So that we are accustomed to pray, knew what we ask for: about the elevated, about the mining, about humility, clean, about those things that lead to the kingdom of God. Please note that in the morning and evening prayers that were compiled by the saints, there is no "everyday life", but only exclusively what contributes to us to the kingdom of God. In this direction you need to get used to pray.
Of course, if a person leads a spiritual life if he has a confessor who knows his spiritual and heartwork, and this man gets tired of reading the morning and evening prayers, then the confessor can bless it to read, for example, a psalter. But this can not be universal practice, but only on the blessing of the priest who knows the person who addressed him.
In this regard, you can also recall and prepare for communion. Those who are increed relatively rarely, with great difficulty, are subtracted and pushed by the rule of three canons and submission to the previously established in the Church. This approach is practiced: if a person comes out on every Sunday liturgy, then in this case, the rule to the communion can be "stretch" for a week: read the revengean canon on the next day, on the next - Canon the Mother of God, then - the Guardian Angel and so on to before We yourself to leave only prayers to the Holy Communion. Thus, a person will add prayer doing for several days, a certain prayer attitude will be created, and before the communion itself will not be such fatigue from reading a large number of prayers.
But I want to emphasize that everything is always necessary to do everything on the blessing of your confessor. It is impossible to use all the advice in the life, which somewhere subtracted or heard, even if the most authoritative people. This is very dangerous in spiritual terms, because what has been said for a particular person can not always be useful for others. The arrangement of everyone knows his confessor, so if there is a desire to change something in your prayer rule, then it is necessary to do it, only consulting with the confessor.
- And if there is no confessor?
- If there is no confessor, then the spiritual state of such a Christian leaves much to be desired. After all, it turns out that in the save, he is guided only by his vision of Scripture and legends, choosing exclusively by his arrangement, which is saving for him, and what is not.
From here, by the way, - and a large number of microeries ("heresy" means) in the life of many too much freedom-loving parishioners or those parishes, where the priest is limited to the commission of worship, does not work with fluff, is not a real spiritual father for her.
At the end of our conversation, I would like to note that the things we talked about are still secondary and far from the most important in the life of an Orthodox Christian. If a person seeks to live according to the Gospel, if he loves God, loves the neighbor, then all external actions will be performed with natural reverence, he will not need to drive himself into an artificial framework.
The most important thing is to remember and fulfill the words of the Lord. Christ said: "I am a way, and truth, and life." And the Holy Scripture is a book in which this path is settled. Therefore, reading the gospel, you need to think about when it turns out or where to sit at the moment, but how to fulfill him in your life.
Conversation led Julia Kominko
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Holy Gospel - The main book of mankind in which life has been concluded for people. It contains Divine Truths leading to salvation. And it itself is a source of life.
The gospel is the voice of Christ himself. In the symbolic and spiritual sense, the Savior says with us in the symbolic and spiritual sense.
It is very important to read the new covenant everyday .
Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskaya in his book "God of God" recommends reading sacred writing Standing, once in front of reading and three - after.
It should be understood that reading the gospel, We save not only your soul, but also our loved ones and relatives .
Here read what prayers we read with you Before reading the Gospel :
And prayer After reading the Gospel ...
The church story knows many amazing examples of how the Lord through the Gospel was His Divine Power, had the people who instructed them to save them.
I would like to bring some examples.
I'll start with myself.)))
Once we had trouble in our family ... I was in confusion, I couldn't pray, we were crying and thought only and spinning around this situation ... I was covered with a despondency - one of the most terrible sins!
The remaining one at home, I went to my holy corner, took the gospel, pressed it to the chest, and began to talk to him, as with God.
Our father always says that the Gospel is not just the life-of Christ, this is Christ himself!
So I became in tears to contact the book: "What should I do? I can't change the situation, but also to do something !!!"
Plowed. I wanted to open a book .. . I usually read the gospel in order, chapter for the head, I have a brandmark with prayers before reading the gospel and after being lying on the place where I stopped ...
And then I just opened the book at random and lowered the text ... And the first words that I read were:
"... should always pray and do not lose heart."
I took these words at that moment as an order, as a reproach for me for my tears, for the despondency, for the fact that there is little faith that I did not hope for God's help!
But also as the answer of the Lord on my question: "What to do?!"
"Pray and not lose heart!" - the Lord told me, and I plunged into prayers with fervor.
Then I looked at it was First verse 18 chapters of the Gospel of Luke ... And I remembered it forever. Now in any difficult situation, I repeat the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: "It should always pray and do not lose heart."
Holy Fathers are taught: "Every time you are very much struggling, it's good to immediately start reading the Gospel. Although at this moment you may have, I really don't want to do this and it seems that nothing will help you in your condition. Nevertheless, forced Read yourself - and soon feel relief. Or some words suddenly will open you that there is no reason for despondency, or in itself the reading of the Gospel will deliver joy and Passion of despondency Just stop acting. "
And so you can do during the action of any passion.
And my situation was allowed safely.
But this amazing case is given in the book "Frank stories of a wanderer spiritual father." M.: Orthodox Holy Tikhonovsky Theologian Institute, 2002, p. 235-237.
"Five years I was a professor in a lyceum, passing the way of life with gloomy deposits of debauchery, fonding a voyage philosophy for the paths of the world, and not in Christ, and maybe it would be completely killed if I didn't support me that I lived together with the pious My mother and sestroot my sestroy, carefully girl ...
Once, walking on the public boulevard, I met and met a beautiful young man who explained to me that he was a Frenchman who was a certified student who had recently arrived from Paris and seeking himself the place of Gutener.
I liked his excellent education very much, and I invited him to myself as a hunting person, and we made friends.
In continuation of two months, he often visited me, and we sometimes walked together, windy, together went to society, of course, the most immoral.
Finally, he appeared to me with an invitation to one of the above societies and, in order to convince me to rather, began to snatch a special fun and the pleasant of the place where I was invited. I said about this a few words suddenly began to ask me to go out with him from my office, In which we sat and pressed in the living room.
It seemed to me as strange, and I, I said that I already notice a reluctance to be in my office, asked him, what is the reason. And even some more kept him here and because the living room was beside the room of Mother and my sister, and therefore it would be indecent to talk about empty matter.
He supported his desire to leave different dodge, finally, frankly told me the following: "Here you have on this shelf between books supplied the gospel; I So respect this book, What is hard for me in the presence of it to talk about our scattered objects. Please, please, it is from here, and then we will talk freely " .
I am in the windiness of my own, smiling at this word, took the gospel with the shelves and I say: "Would you say this to me!". And, feeding him in hand, said: "That's right, put him in that room!" . Only I touched it to him the Gospel, He shook at the same moment and disappeared .
It struck me so much that I fell from fear to the floor without feelings. Hearing a knock, the home and whole half hour came to me could not lead me to the feeling. Finally I, changing, Felt strong fear and trembling, restless excitement and perfect numbness of his arms and legs so that I could not move on.
The designed doctor determined the disease with the name of paralysis due to some strong shocks or fright. For a whole year after this incident, with careful treatment from many doctors, I lay and did not receive the slightest relief from the disease, which subsequently indicated the need to resign from the service scientist.
The elderly mother my in this time died, the sister was located to devote himself to monastic life. So, all this agreed on my illness.
I only had a painful time in this painful time - In reading Gospel which since the beginning of my disease did not come out of my hands as a pledge of a wonderful case with me ... "
I wish you from all my heart, my dear subscribers, to join this sorting reading ...
Help you God ...
Yours faithfully, Svetlana .
The well-known Serbian researcher of the canonical law Bishop Nicodemia (Milash) wrote in his interpretation of the 19th Rules of the VI of the Ecumenical Cathedral as follows: "St. Scripture is the Word of God, which opens to people by the will of God ... "And St. Ignatius (Bryanchanin) said:
"... read the gospel with extreme reverence and attention. It is not considered anything unavailable, low-cost viewing. Each iota is eating a ray of life. Neglect of life - death. "
One author wrote about a small entrance to Liturgy: "The Gospel is a symbol of Christ. The Lord appeared in the world of bodyborn, in the middle. He goes to the sermon, on his earthly ministry and is here among us. The terrible and majestic action is committed - among us apparently noticeable - God. From this spectacle, the holy angels of Heaven will be sainted in the reverent thrill. And you, human, taste this great mystery and the chapter chapter before it. "
Based on the foregoing, it is necessary to understand that the Holy Gospel is the main book of mankind in which life has been concluded for people. It contains Divine Truths leading to salvation. And it itself is a source of life - the word performed truly by the strength and wisdom of the Lord.
The gospel is the voice of Christ himself. In the symbolic and spiritual sense, the Savior says with us in the symbolic and spiritual sense. We seemed to be transferred in time on the blooming Galilene Plains and become eyewitnesses the words incarnate. And he says not only the universal and in short, in general, but also specifically to each of us. The gospel is not just a book. This is a life for us, this is a rod of living water and a source of life. It is at the same time the law of God, by humanity for salvation, and the secret committed salvation. When reading the gospel of the soul, the human joins with God and resurrect in it.
It is not by chance that the word "Evangelios" is translated from the Greek as "good news." This means that the grace of the Holy Spirit in the world has opened a new news-truth: God came to save mankind to Earth, and "God has become a man so that the person becomes God," said Saint Athanasius Alexandria in the IV century. The Lord reconciled with a man, he again healed him and opened him the road to the kingdom of heaven.
And reading either listening to the gospel, we get up on this heavenly vertical road and go to her paradise. That's what the gospel is.
Therefore, it is very important to read the new covenant every day. Under the Council of the Holy Fathers, we need to include the reading of the Holy Gospel and the "Apostle" (Acts of the Holy Apostles, the Cathedral Messages of the Apostles and the Fourteen Messages of the St. Paul's Holy Apostle) in their celon (home) prayer rule. The following sequence is usually recommended: two chapters "Apostle" (some read one chapter) and one head of the Gospel per day.
In my opinion, based on personal experience, I want to say that it is more convenient to read the sacred Scripture in order, that is, from the first chapters to the latter, and then return. Then the person will have a holistic picture of the gospel narration, the feeling and understanding of its continuity, causal relationships.
It is also necessary that the reading of the gospel does not seem to read the felting literature of the "foot behind the leg, comfortably setting in the chair". Still, this should be a prayer homemade official act.
Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskaya in his book "The Law of God" recommends reading the sacred writer standing, once in front of reading and three after.
There are special prayers pronounced before and after reading the New Testament.
"Ascension in the hearts of our, people's humanity, your aisle is rawless light, and the mental openings of the eyes, in the gospel of your preachies, in which the blessed of your commandments are inherent in us and the blessed of your commandments, and the carnation of lusts are all right, the spiritual residence will pass, all, Lazz Yours and the wonderful and broadly. You bless you enlighten the souls and the televisions of ours, Christ, God, and you weeping, with the original father and all, and good, and the life-giving spirit, now and are confused, and forever. Amen". Her secretly reads the priest during the Divine Liturgy before reading the Holy Gospel. It is also placed after the 11th Cafe Psalter.
The prayer of St. John of Zlatoust: "Lord Jesus Christ, cordial her ears, hear the word yours, and understand and create your will, Yako, I am on the Earth: Not Spearly from Men's Commandments, but I am completely opening my eyes, and understand wonders from your law; Tell me Slave, and the secret wisdom is yours. I think about it, my God, yes, the intelligence of your mind and the meaning of the mind of your mind is not the credit of honor written, but also you are doing, yes, I will not read the sin to the Saints and I will read the literature, but in the update, and enlightenment, and in the shrine, and in Saving the soul, and in the heritage of life eternal. Yako you are an enlightenment lying in darkness and you have any gift for the benefit and every gift perfectly. Amen".
The prayer of St. Ignatius (Bryanchaninova), read before and after reading the Holy Scriptures: "Save, Lord, and the surveillance of your slaves (names) in the words of the Divine Gospel, what are yours about salvation of your slave. They fell, Lord, terrious all their sins, and yes the grace of yours, which purifies, sanctifying the whole person in the name of the Father and Son and the Holy Spirit arranges in them. Amen".
As the last one from myself I will add that it is also read with the addition of chapter from the Holy Gospel in some sore thieves or trouble. At his own experience, I was convinced that he helps himself very much. And the merciful Lord relieves all the circumstances and trouble. Some fathers recommend reading this prayer with the Evangelical chapter every day.
Of course, it is desirable to read not only the Holy Gospel, but also the interpretation of the Holy Fathers, since a lot of the Holy Scriptures may not be clear because of the antiquity of what is happening, much by our spiritual inexperience.
These are "conversations on the Gospel of Matthew" of St. John of Zlatoust; Interpretation on the Gospel of the Blessed Feofilakt Bulgarian; "Interpretation of the Gospel" B. I. Gladkov, highly appreciated by the Holy Route John Kronstadt; Proceedings of Archbishop Averkia (Tausheva), Metropolitan of Veniamine (Pushkar), the Clean Bible of the Old and New Testaments of Alexander Lopukhin, other writings. Fit, brethren and sisters, hearts, "shards and eager truths", to a pure life-minded Spring Spring Spring. Without him, the soul is doomed to withering and spiritual death. She blooms with him, like a paradise flower, which is verbally wonderfully moisture, worthy of the kingdom of heaven.