Religious life of the Christian is subject to special laws.
Its rhythm is largely determined by the schedule of worship - both annual and daily.
The man, who had recently come to faith, it is very important to understand it.
Schedule of Divine Services in Orthodox churches is subject Typicon - church bylaws. It began to take shape in the IX century, and is fully established for a hundred years.
The daily range of services
Day cycle of services consists of 9 Services: Matins, the first hour of the third, sixth and ninth, Vespers, Compline, Midnight, Divine Liturgy.
Once all of these services took place onseparately, but later, the better to parishioners, their combined three services: Evening, morning and afternoon. The first in this list is just the evening service because the Church through time is different from the mundane, the beginning of the day is considered to be not the morning and evening. This corresponds to the Hebrew tradition of counting time, inherited the Christian Church.
Ninth Hour, Vespers and Compline merged into the evening service, Midnight, Matins and First Hour - in the morning, and the third hour, the sixth and the Divine Liturgy - in the afternoon.
Each service is dedicated not only to certain events described in the Bible, but also describes the various aspects of man's relationship with God.
The starting point of the daily cycle of services -the ninth hour, which corresponds to 15.00 Moscow time. This service is dedicated to thanksgiving for the passing day and the remembrance of the sufferings of Jesus Christ. This is followed by Vespers devoted to repentance and remission, and Compline. Midnight prayer of Jesus in Gethsemane, was accomplished at midnight.
The earliest service, if we start from the mundaneTime accounts can be considered the first hour, sanctify the day will come - 7 am. The third hour corresponds to 9.00, the sixth - 12.00, and the Divine Liturgy - the most important thing of worship, during which there is the holy sacrament of the Eucharist - made the day.
This was the order of worship in the Orthodox churches in the Middle Ages.
Currently, such a rich scheduleIt preserved only in monasteries, because the monks fully dedicate their lives to serving God. For the laity as such order of church life is impractical, so in most parishes there are two services: the evening - in the morning and 17.00 - 9.00.
Sometimes during worship in some churches changed at the discretion of superiors who are trying to take care of the interests of members.