Posts tagged “Fasting”

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 [...]

Prepare yourselves my children

Let us now strive more, my children, and the benefits will be great. No one finds grace without toil. If the farmer does not farm his field, he will not see the results. When our fasting coexists, is strengthened and is encompassed with prayer, with contemplation, with watchfulness, with church attendance, with confession, with Holy Communion, with good works and charity giving, then is fulfilled the beauty of the souls preparation for the reception of Holy Week. Then we will [...]

Self-Control to Overcome our Passions

Fasting deals specifically with the passion of gluttony. We must however deal with all our passions and overcome them one by one. Fasting is the starting point to controlling the others. It is a fight that we must steadily engage in, by doing so we will gradually reduce them. Saint Maximus outlines four steps for this progress: The stopping of their appearance in sinful deeds––the obtaining of sinless in deed is the first dispassion Freedom from passionate thoughts caused by [...]

On Fasting

AS WE ENTER THE SECOND WEEK OF GREAT LENT... The Church Fathers on fasting Great Lent is the period that the Church has in her wisdom set aside for us to intensify our own spiritual growth through fasting, prayer and worship. If you follow the Church guidelines on fasting, make time to attend the services and intensify your own prayer life, you will be rewarded with a greater closeness to God. Self-Control as Fasting The act of fasting is a conscious act to [...]

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 [...]