Serbian Church Essay

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Ever since I was born I have been attending St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church. Many of the people that attend the church are Serbian. My mom is Serbian and I am proud Serb myself. I attended church this Sunday for Easter. I also took communion and confession this week as well. Christian Orthodox is a beautiful religion and tends to grow on me as I get older. It is an organization who are followers of Christ and who believe correctly. I love the songs the choir sings and the natural sound of English and Serbian language mixed together during service. In class we have learned the six stages of worship, which takes us from the profane and transcending into the sacred. Starting with the ...view middle of the document...

In a Christian Orthodox Church we consider the message to be the reading of the Gospel. This is where we learn about God from the beginning.
The Fifth stage is the sacred or the high point of the service. In Christian Orthodox Church the high point is the making the bread and wine that we offered in stage three into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. During this time we say the Lord’s Prayer in Serbian and in English. Most of the service is preparing the bread and wine. The priest blesses the bread and wine and says multiple prayers. Then the priest will say “With faith and fear please draw near.” People who have been fasting for the month or week integrate the icon in the front and drinks some of the wine. As the person is drinking the wine from the spoon the priest says prayers.
The last stage is called the closing, which is the dismissing the faithful to go and enlighten the world. We usually all integrate the icon in front, kiss the cross the priest is holding, and grab some bread. As we walk out of the church we cross ourselves facing the alter, then we may exit.
We also learned about visual and audio symbols in a church. There is three audio symbols: non-verbal,...

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