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A Son of the Church
Translated by Hieromonk German Ciuba
“Although this treatise may have been composed nearly 400 years ago, its common sense approach to everyday life as an Orthodox Christian, and its call to a pious way of life makes it just as relevant to Orthodox Christians throughout the world today as it did to Russians of the Orthodox Faith in the 17th Century when it was apparently composed. We hope that the readers will find that it offers a guide to an Orthodox way of life and a call to piety in our everyday style of living.”
From the Editors
How Believers Are Born in Christ.
No One Is Forced To Be Baptized Into the Orthodox Faith.
The Time of Baptism.
Rejection of Satan.
Rejection of Heretics and Their Heresies.
An Illustration of the Evil and Wicked Works of Satan.
Forget Your Former Heresies.
Your Promise to Christ at Holy Baptism.
In Praise of Him Who Has Been Baptized.
Closeness to God.
How To Acquire a Good Name and To Become an Heir of All Good Things.
The Immortal Soul.
The Orthodox Faith.
The Saints Who Were Pleasing to God.
What the Saints Ate.
What the Saints Wore.
How the Saints Prayed.
How A Man Living In the World Should Pray.
Why the Church Services Were Appointed to Be Sung At Certain Times.
The Midnight Service.
More About the Church.
What If Something Unclean Enters the Church?
About God Himself and His Church, and About Praying and Making Bows.
The Christian Faith.
Ho to Come to Church.
More About Approaching the Church.
How to Enter the Church.
Standing in Church.
Bows to the People.
Bows to the Superior.
More on Entering the Church.
Standing in the Holy Church.
Prayer to God.
Prayer to the Life-giving Cross of the Lord.
Prayer to the Most Pure Mother of God.
Prayer to Saint John the Forerunner.
Prayer to the Holy Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Hierarchs and All the Saints.
The Prayer of the Saints to God.
How to Pray If There is No Icon.
More About Standing in Church.
The Order of the Bows.
Asking Forgiveness Before the Priest in Church at the Dismissal.
More About the Rite of Forgiveness.
Bows at the Liturgy.
Standing Before the Holy Icons.
Miracles From the Holy Icons.
Services of Intercession.
How to Listen to the Gospel.
How to Venerate the Gospel.
What to Do When ‘It Is Truly Meet’ Is Sung at a Service of Intercession.
How to Venerate the Cross.
The Beginning and the end of the Church Services.
The Priest and the Spiritual Father.
The Priestly Order.
Forgiveness of Sins.
The Priest’s Blessing.
The Cross Which You Make With Your Hand.
If the Sign of the Cross Is Made Incorrectly.
How the Demons Tremble Before the True Sign of the Cross.
The Meaning of Bows.
An Explanation of the Cross Which We Wear About the Shoulders on a Cord.
Offerings to the Holy Church.
They Should Be Your Own, and Not Dishonest.
Nothing Should Be Taken From the Church, Since Everything in the Church Is Dedicated to God.
The Canon for Communion or Prayer.
Ho To Consume the Prosphora Received From the Priest.
The Feasts of the Lord and of His Saints.
Introduction to the Rule for Use At Home.
Morning Prayer At Home.
Prayer Before Eating Your Dinner Bread.
You Should Not Be Angry When You Sit At the Table to Eat.
Prayer After Diner.
How To Drink.
The Evening Meal.
Prayer Before Going to Sleep.
How to Lie Down on Your Bed.
Sleeping, Waking Up and Praying.
Arising From Sleep.
When You Are Afraid or Frightened.
When Entering Any House.
How To Begin Any Work With a Blessing.
The Calling of a Servant.
Here Is a Consideration of Where You Are.
Here Is an Exhortation for the Mind.
Temptations from Your Companions.
Fasting and Fast Days.
The Great Fast.
St Peter’s Fast.
Our Lady’s Fast.
The Fast of the Nativity of Christ, Which Is Called St Philip’s Fast.
A Wonderful Story About the Elevation of the Bread of the Most Holy Mother of God.
A Sermon of Saint John Chrysostom on the Fear of God, and on How to Stand in the Holy Church of God in Awe and Good Order, and How to Make the Sign of the Cross Over One’s Person. (From the Prologue for April 18th).
From the Book of the Elders
Item Number: BKOB647
Publication Data: Erie, PA: Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity of Christ, 2001
Number of Pages: xii + 53
Dimensions (l × w × h): 15.4 cm × 10.4 cm × 0.6 cm
Additional Information: two-color printing
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