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Apostles' Fast

(Second Monday after Pentecost through June 28)
The Apostles' Fast is a fast that was undertaken by the disciples of Jesus Christ following the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Having rejoiced for fifty days following Pascha, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the apostles began to prepare for their departure from Jerusalem to spread Christ's message. As part of their preparation, they began a fast with prayer to ask God to strengthen their resolve and to be with them in their missionary undertakings. The Apostles' Fast is not as strict as Great Lent or the Dormition Fast, but entails abstaining from red meat, poultry, meat products, eggs, and dairy products, fish, wine and oil. Fish is allowed on Saturdays and Sundays, and wine and oil are allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Saints of the Day

Venerable David of Thessalonika; John, bishop of the Goths

Thought for the Day

Do not fear the conflict, do not flee it. Where there is no struggle, there is no virtue. Where faith and love are not tested, it is not possible to be sure if they are really present. They are proved and revealed in adversity. -- St. John of Kronstadt




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