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To: Salvation

Orthodox Christians practice the Nativity Fast which extends from November 15th through December 24th. The fast is quite strict, no meat, fish with a backbone, dairy, eggs, oil or wine as a general matter, though there are easings of the Fast on Tuesdays and Thursdays (allowed wine and oil) and fish wine and oil are allowed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Truth be told, this fast is honored more in the breach than in the keeping, at least the food part. But this period is still seen by Orthodox Christians as intensely penitential. We are continually to pray “O LORD, set a guard over my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips.” and thus “fast” from anger, greed, etc. It is a time of year when almsgiving is particularly encouraged. All in all, it is antithetical to the secular spectacle we started seeing around us yesterday.


4 posted on 11/27/2010 10:29:42 AM PST by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated)
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To: Kolokotronis

**We are continually to pray “O LORD, set a guard over my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips.”**

Good words for all of us to say all the time!


6 posted on 11/27/2010 11:08:04 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Kolokotronis
"The fast is quite strict, no meat, fish with a backbone, dairy, eggs, oil or wine as a general matter" --> ouch, that IS difficult, especially in Europe (incidently when I visited India it was quite easy to be vegetarian for Lent!)

Yes, keeping this would be incredibly hard and I'm not surprised that many fail, but it's good to have higher standards.
11 posted on 11/29/2010 5:35:07 AM PST by Cronos (Et Verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis (And the word was made flesh, and dwelt amonst us))
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