Fasting Guidelines

Dormition of the Theotokos

Dormition Fast

The month of August is dedicated to the Mother of God. From the 1st to the 15th of August, we celebrate the supplicatory canon to the Theotokos, also known as the Paraklisis in Greek, on a daily basis. We chant hymns to the Theotokos, asking for her protection, and her intercession upon the throne of Christ our God for the salvation of our souls and the help and protection of the entire world. "Preserve and save, O Theotokos, thy servants [...]

The Apostles’ Fast

The Apostles' fast begins on Monday, June 12th 2017 for a duration of 17 days. This is a period of fasting similar to the Nativity fasting period, where we abstain from meat, meat products, fish, dairy products, oil and wine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Fish, oil and wine are permitted on the other days of the week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is a general fasting rule which has been set by the fathers of our holy [...]

Great Lent… The journey to Pascha

On Monday, February the 27th 2017, will begin the blessed period of Great Lent. This is a period of strict fast* in the Orthodox Chuch, thus preparing us for the upcoming Holy Passion of Christ and His glorious Resurrection. During Great Lent, the daily cycle of services differ from that of the rest of the year. Vespers are celebrated daily in the morning accompanied by the Presanctified Divine Liturgy. The Great Compline is read every evening, instead of the [...]

The Nativity Fast

The Nativity fasting period began on Monday, November the 15th 2016. During this fasting period, we abstain from meat, meat products, fish, dairy products, oil and wine on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Fish*, oil and wine are permitted on the other days of the week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is a general fasting rule which has been set by the fathers of our holy church; however everyone must consult with their spiritual father for their own personal fasting [...]

Le carême pour la Dormition de la Toute-Sainte

Le mois d’août est dédié à la Mère de Dieu. Du 1er au 15 août nous lui chantons quotidiennement le Canon Paraclitique. Nous lui demandons pour son refuge et ses intercessions auprès du trône du Christ notre Dieu pour le salut de nos âmes et son aide et protection pour le monde entier. « Sauve de tout danger tes serviteurs, car c’est en toi qu’auprès Dieu, ô Mère, nous trouvons un abri, unique rempart, inébranlable protection. » (Extrait du Canon Paraclitique à [...]

The Dormition Fast

The month of August is dedicated to the Mother of God. From the 1st to the 15th of August, we celebrate the supplicatory canon to the Theotokos, also known as the Paraklisis in Greek, on a daily basis. We chant hymns to the Theotokos, asking for her protection, and her intercession upon the throne of Christ our God for the salvation of our souls and the help and protection of the entire world. “Preserve and save, O Theotokos, thy servants [...]

The Apostle’s Fast

The apostle’s fast will only be held for two days this year. It begins tomorrow on Monday, June 27th 2016 and ends on Tuesday, June 28th 2016. This is a period of fasting similar to the Nativity fasting period, where we abstain from meat, meat products, fish, dairy products, oil and wine. The fast will end on the feast day of the Apostles Peter and Paul, on Wednesday, June 29th 2016. Since the feast falls on a Wednesday only [...]