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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”.]

"O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever." (Psalm 107:1)


Beloved in the Lord:

Greetings and blessings in the Name of our Lord.

I wanted to wish all of you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. I thank God for all of you, and for your commitment to His Holy Church. May our time together this week with family and friends give us the opportunity to thank God for all that we have.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving, I remain,
In His Service,

+ J O S E P H
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America

Feast, Saints, and A Thought for the Day

Katherine the Great Martyr (November 25)

Let us extol the all-lauded bride of Christ, Katherine, the guardian of Sinai, who is our help and our support; for by the power of the Spirit she silenced brilliantly the nobility of liars. And now that she hath been crowned as a Martyr, she seeketh for all the Great Mercy. (Apolytikion in Tone 5)

Saints of the Day

Gregory, bishop of Agrigentum; Amphilokios, bishop of Iconium; Ischyrion, bishop in Egypt and hermit of Sketis; Venerable Sisinios the Confessor of Kyzikos; Dionysios, patriarch of Constantinople; repose of Alexander Nevsky, prince of Novgorod; Metrophanes first bishop of Voronezh

Thought for the Day

"The time of separation does not grieve him who frees himself from everything earthly…The righteous, the holy, and the ascetics rejoice at the hour of death and separation, having the great labors of their asceticism, vigils and prayers, fasts and tears, sackcloth and the subjection of their bodies to hardship before their eyes. Their souls leap up, for they are prepared to go out of their bodies for their rest." -- St. Ephraim the Syrian

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