Monday, November 28, 2022 through Friday, January 6, 2023
Message from Father Stefan:
THE NATIVITY FAST HAS BEGUN. Below are the Rules for fasting during the Nativity Fast/Advent. The young, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, people with medical problems, and those who perform heavy labor jobs, are allowed concessions to the strict rules. It is best to consult with your Father Confessor, parish priest or Elder for personal specifics. With the Lord's help, may we advance spiritually during this fasting period and joyfully greet the grace filled Holy Days.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, fellow believers and supporters. The Christmas/Nativity Fast begins today, Monday 28th of November until the 6th of January, according to the Old Calendar. Here is a small reminder for the ones who are going to fast.
The rules prescribed by the Church for the Nativity Fast are the same as for the St. Peter's Fast. It is clear that meat, butter, milk, eggs, cheese are completely avoided/banned during this fasting. Besides, the Canon of the Church says that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the Nativity Fast, fish, wine and oil are not to be consumed and only food without oil is allowed.
On the other days - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, food with vegetable oil is permitted. Fish during the Nativity fast is allowed on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as on major, and also on church holidays and the days of high saints, but only if those Holy Days fall on Tuesday or Thursday. If the Holy Day falls on a Wednesday or Friday, wine and oil is allowed. From January 2 through January 6, the Fast is intensified and on those days, even on Saturday and Sunday, fish is not blessed to eat.
I wish a pleasant and godpleasing fasting period to all of us!