How to start a spiritual life and how to recognize your saint?
It often happens that a person does not attend the temple and does not lead a spiritual life, because he is afraid to make a mistake and incur the condemnation of believers. Indeed, the first steps in the church of almost any person are clumsy, but you should not worry about small mistakes. After all, faith and prayer are relationships with God, not with a priest or a church community.
How to recognize your saint?
A person who has just come to faith feels somewhat constrained in church. A novice and would be happy to go to the temple - to celebrate the name day, to pray - but does not know how. Knowing your saint is easy. To do this, look through the church calendar, which lists the dates of remembrance of all martyrs and saints. Often, different saints are named by the same name, but sometimes (usually with female names), there is only one heavenly patron. How to know your saint and read about his life? Namedoms are usually celebrated after the birthday, so the first John after the date of birth of Vanya will be his heavenly patron.
Lives of the saints
Saint Dmitry of Rostov united in a collection the lives of all the saints who were glorified during his life and earlier. Since then, the list has increased significantly thanks to the martyrs who were repressed and died a martyr's death in the Soviet years. Some saints (for example, St. John of Kronstadt, St. Seraphim of Sarov, etc.) have recently been glorified and are not included in these collections either. Therefore, to every three volumes of the lives, a supplement was published with stories about the righteous of the 20th century. With this collection at hand, it is easy to understand how to know the name of your saint. Only it is necessary to clearly realize that the lives of the saints are not a biographical narration, but an instructive story about their life, compiled according to strict rules of the genre. About the righteous who lived 200-250 years ago, there are a lot of evidence and descriptions, so they are closer and clearer. And the martyr, who, at the cost of his and his young children’s life, refuses to throw incense in front of the statue of Jupiter, is not clear to our contemporaries. How to recognize your saint and understand him? If you reread his life many times, read about the era in which he lived, the customs of his people, much will become clearer.Still, people who accomplished their feat a year or a half or almost two thousand years ago are not very close to the people of the 21st century. If there is a desire to pray to John of Kronstadt, as his heavenly patron, and his birthday in the summer, do not be upset. You can pray to any saint, including St.. John - and he will hear.
The life of the church of earth and of heaven
The church is a society of living people. Since the human soul is immortal, not only our contemporaries are alive, but all people who have ever lived at all. A prayer to a saint is a conversation with him, a request for support, and he usually fulfills this request. But the main thing in the church is God.That relationship with him is of paramount importance. Therefore, before you know your saint, it makes sense to read the Holy Scriptures, especially the Gospel. Usually start with the Gospel of Mark. To live according to the commandments, to participate in church sacraments and to overcome our vices and weaknesses - these are the main tasks of a Christian. The saints are called to help people in this and pray for them.