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Waiting for a miracle - Christmas post

November 28 2006

Today, on November 28 in the Russian Orthodox Church begins a forty Christmas post. This post is also called Filippov - he starts the day after the memory of the Apostle Philip (old style on November 14).

Originally Christmas fast lasted only seven days. But at the cathedral in 1166 for all Christians were put to keep the post before the great feast of the Nativity of Christ exactly forty days.

This last fasts in the year. In the Church it is called the statute of Lent as Lent . It serves as the consecration last year of a mysterious update of spiritual unity with God and preparing for the celebration of Christmas.

If we trace the association of the majority of Russians with the word "post", the principal is sure to become "that can not be eaten." Christmas post less stringent than the great, so, according to the ordinance is put the fish on Saturdays, Sundays and all major holidays.

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For example, in the feast of the Presentation of Mary in the temple festivals and in the days of the great saints, if these days fall on a Tuesday or Thursday. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday of Advent prohibited wine and food with vegetable oil. As usual, can not eat meat and milk. Five days before the end of the post increases. Even on Saturday and Sunday had to give up fish.

Christmas post, is connected with prayer, repentance, with abstinence from the passions and vices, the eradication of evil, forgiveness of injuries, with abstinence from marriage, to exclude entertainment. Post does not end but a means - a means to subdue his flesh and wash away their sins. Without prayer and penance post becomes only diet.

And then with a pure heart, soul and body can be seen the Son of God. Bring him our pure heart and a desire to follow him. The meaning of any of strict fasting, is the removal of evil, to curb his tongue, the deposition of anger, the cessation of slander, lies and perjury.

Anecdotally, Christmas Lent is not overshadowed by the memory of the tragic events in the life of the Savior - he was all like going back and increasing the joy the Bible speaks. This is its main difference from Lent.

In Russia the holiday preparations on a grand scale. There were numerous fairs, as well as dressed Christmas tree. In Russia, this tree became a tree, symbolizing the tree of paradise. From this tree have tasted the forbidden fruit Adam and Eve. Hence, the tradition of hanging balls on the branches.

Source:,, Newizv

Vitvitskiy Alex


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