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Nativity Fast
(November 15 - December 24)

The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods. The first period is November 15 through December 19 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil on Tuesday and Thursday, and for fish, wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday. The second period is December 20 through 24 when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed Monday through Friday, but with katalysis for wine and oil on Saturday and Sunday. [Katalysis is Greek, meaning “relaxation”.]

Feast, Saints, and A Thought for the Day


Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple (November 21)

Today the Virgin is the foreshadowing of the pleasure of God, and the beginning of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. Thou hast appeared in the Temple of God openly and hast gone before, preaching Christ to all. Let us shout with one thrilling voice, saying, Rejoice, O thou who art the fulfillment of the Creator's dispensation. (Apolytikion in Tone 4)

Saints of the Day

Martyrs Platon of Ancyra, Romanos, Zacchaeos the deacon and Anastasios of Caesarea in Palestine

 
Thought for the Day

"Repentance can happen in one moment if we have the desire. Let us not be too busy with our lives that we miss that moment in time." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

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Red - Abstain from meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, oil
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