If you’ve ever wondered if it’s OK for orthodox saints to drink coffee, you’re not alone. Coffee is a common beverage, and many Christians consider it taboo. Even if it doesn’t seem to be compatible with Christianity, some believe it can be a way to bring people together.
St. Drogo is patron saint of coffee
The name of the patron saint of coffee is derived from the name of a Flemish nobleman who was orphaned at a young age and dedicated himself to God. He eventually became a pilgrim who made several long journeys to Rome. He also became a shepherd and was often seen tending his sheep and attending mass. Although his life was filled with hardships, his devotion to God and his love for coffee earned him the title of patron saint of coffee.
The Saint Drogo’s association with coffee goes back centuries. In the early 12th century, St. Drogo was born into nobility but lost his father before he was able to grow up. When he was twenty, he sold all his possessions and hired himself out as a shepherd. He also made pilgrimages to holy sites in modern-day Europe. Eventually, he established a hermitage near a town church and lived there until he was 81.
Coffee is taboo in orthodoxy
For centuries, coffee has been considered taboo in orthodoxy. In the 15th century, the Islamic state ruled that coffee is haram (forbidden) in Islam. Its prohibition stems from a misunderstanding of the substance and Orthodox beliefs. Currently, there is much debate about whether or not coffee is halal or haram. However, coffee continues to be a highly sought after substance.
Coffee’s origins are unclear, but there is evidence that it was used by the Sufis in Yemen as a spiritual intoxicant and as a way to stay awake during night devotions. In the early 16th century, it spread to the Levant and Persia, causing controversy in Ottoman society. It then spread to Central and Eastern Europe and eventually to India and the East Indies.
It is not compatible with Christianity
Coffee is not compatible with Christianity for orthodox Saints. Coffee is a drink made from coffee beans, ground and brewed in a special pot. In modern Christianity, coffee has a special place in many churches. The basement of many churches is dedicated to coffee hours, where worshippers gather to share a cup of coffee and chat with fellow parishioners. In the Word of Wisdom, coffee is not explicitly forbidden, but it is generally discouraged. Catholics, however, can drink small amounts of alcohol. Many Catholic drinks that contain alcohol include whiskey and cherry brandy.
During the Great Lent, Orthodox Christians are also expected to abstain from coffee, alcohol and other forms of secular entertainment. This is to avoid distractions from spiritual life and repentance. In addition, they are not allowed to engage in physical activity during Great Lent. In addition, they are also expected to listen to only spiritual music or read spiritual books during this time period.
It is a way for people to come together
The Orthodox Church, the world’s largest religious tradition, is an opportunity for people to worship the same basic Christian doctrines that the Apostles taught and passed on. This unity may be a result of historical accident or the work of the Holy Spirit. Whatever the reason, the Orthodox believe in God and His Word.
Orthodox coffee hours often occur in church basements, where worshipers meet with parishioners. In a recent article, Jim Burklo discussed how coffee and the church go hand in hand. Burklo argued that coffee hours have become a permanent fixture of Christian orthodoxy, serving as hubs for church leaders. Although separate from doctrine, coffee hours are intended to foster community and spiritual growth.
Coffee is a way for people to come closer together to honor the Orthodox saints. The Orthodox Church has long been known for its apophaticism (an authoritative, positive pronouncement), but these pronouncements can also be harmful for an entire generation. In the case of the Leivaditis generation, the church’s cataphaticism was a hindrance to their spiritual growth, as it was not able to accommodate the realities of life.
It is a way to promote spiritual growth
For Catholics and other orthodox believers, coffee has a special place in the church. Many churches have basements or coffee rooms where church leaders and regular attendees can gather for a cup of coffee. The Bible does not explicitly forbid drinking coffee, but Catholics do not drink large quantities of it. However, Catholics may consume a small amount of whiskey, which is made from cherry brandy.
Many Orthodox Saints have used coffee to promote their spiritual growth. For instance, Fr. Evan Armatas has a popular podcast entitled, “Coffee is a Way to Promote Spiritual Growth in the Orthodox Church.” The podcast is about the basics of the Orthodox Church and explains how coffee is beneficial to spiritual growth.