“No more than two liters a day”: how much and what to drink Orthodox
MOSCOW, 11 sen — news, Alexey Mikheev. On the day of the beheading of John the Baptist strict fasting for Orthodox believers remember how the drunken feast in the Royal Palace was killed by the forerunner of Christ. In Russia even closed wine shop so that people could reflect on the dangers of alcohol.
Is it a sin to drink, how many times per week can drinking alcohol the Church canons and when to stop, understood the correspondent of RIA Novosti.
John the Baptist is the most venerated in Christendom after the Holy virgin Mary. The ruler of Galilee Herod Antipas put him in prison for being too bold reproof. However, to do him great evil Herod did not want: he was afraid of the wrath of God for killing the prophet, whom earlier he obeyed, afraid of the people. And nevertheless gave the order to behead John — the king in front of the guests swore to fulfill any wish he liked dancers, and she wished the Baptist’s head on a platter.
Most decent Herod
“History of St. John the Baptist says not to fornicate and bad rash promise, and not that drinking is bad. Orthodoxy does not deny the use of alcohol. In wine there is no sin, otherwise the Lord would have turned water into wine at the wedding, and would have done exactly the opposite. But there is a sin in any malicious use, therefore, the Church clearly reglamentary when you can drink wine. In one of the chapters of the Typicon (liturgical Charter with the instructions on the Commission of holidays, posts, meals and other aspects of monastic life) is the mark of “good monk, don’t drink wine at all” — not a ban, and praise an ascetic feat,” says the priest IBAS, instead (Senchukov), known in the Orthodox Internet connoisseur of gastronomy.
The more unacceptable, he said, to combine drinking wine with debauchery:
Herod-that was good, actually the most decent of all Herod described in the New Testament. He respected John, loved spending time with him in conversations. But, taking his mistress the wife of his brother, he gets drunk, gives drunken vows, and, again, he is a man of words, is also good quality, — commits a murder. And turning into that Herod, who executed babies. Most people they don’t even discriminate.
So wine need to be careful. Always time to stop and remember that, as said St. John Chrysostom, “all I can, but not everything is beneficial”.
Not more than a pint!
In General, drinking alcohol an Orthodox person is allowed. Another conversation — where, when and why. The Typicon clearly specifies “holiday rate” is three, a maximum four brasovului (monastic vessel) of wine in celebration. They are small and large, the large fits about half a liter.
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“That is, get two liters of dry wine a day. Make an amendment that the house wine less strong than store-bought, about 8-9 degrees. And believe — because if you want to live under the Charter, take and count. If you do the maximum you can drink two liters of dry devjatikratnika wine, vodka, which is four times stronger, maximum the bottle, even less. And it’s the holidays, a good snack. But if the sober mind from this amount do not keep — don’t even try to start,” warns FR.
Holidays in the Orthodox calendar a lot. There is even a joke: “you Have a holiday every day.” However, fast days abound. So when you can drink?