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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


Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna (December 9)

Today have the bonds of barrenness been loosened, God, having heard the prayers of Joachim and Anne, promised them openly that they should give birth, against hope, to the Maiden of God, from whom He, the infinite One was to be born, becoming man, commanding the angel to shout to her, Hail O full of grace, the Lord is with thee. (Apolytikion in Tone 4)

Saints of the Day

The Conception of the Theotokos by Righteous Anna

 
Thought for the Day

"We don’t reject God’s banquet. We don’t reject God’s invitation. We don’t reject God’s loving-kindness. So let us open our hearts and our minds during these holy days to receive Him as He comes to bring peace and joy and every good thing into the world." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

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Fasting Calendar
Legend:
Red - Abstain from meat, fish, dairy, eggs, alcohol, oil
Green - Abstain from meat, fish, dairy, eggs
Blue - Abstain from meat, dairy, eggs
Gold - Abstain from meat

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