Orthodox Fasts

THE GREAT LENT (March 2 – April 18 2020)

We are passing through the field of Great Lent to purify our souls, to sanctify ourselves by the grace of God, to root ourselves in the truth of God, and to learn how to withstand sin, evil, and unrighteousness, first ...

THE APOSTLES' FAST (June 15 – July 11 2020)

From Monday after the Sunday of All Saints, we start the Fast of the Holy Apostles. The fast of the Holy Apostles is very ancient, dating back to the first centuries of Christianity. The oldest testimony regarding the ...

THE DORMITION FAST ( August 14 – August 27 2020)

Today, we begin the two week fast in preparation for the final feast of the Church year: the Dormition or falling asleep of the Most Holy Theotokos. This feast is commonly referred to as the “summer Pascha.” As we ...

THE NATIVITY FAST ( November 28 – January 6 2021)

The Nativity Fast is one of the four Canonical Fasting Seasons in the Church year. This is a joyous fast in anticipation of the Nativity of Christ. The Nativity fast begins on November 15/28, and lasts forty days. The ...

Bright weeks

Bright Week. Entire week, fast-free. There are five Bright weeks: Nativity to Eve of Theophany – from Thursday, 7th of January to Friday, 17th of January The week following the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee ...

Weekly Fast

Weekly Fast Unless a fast-free period has been declared, Orthodox Christians are to keep a strict fast every Wednesday and Friday. The following foods are avoided: Meat, including poultry, and any meat products such as ...

Single day fast

Weekly Fast Unless a fast-free period has been declared, Orthodox Christians are to keep a strict fast every Wednesday and Friday. Eve of the Theophany. (Kreshchenskyi Sochelnik). Saturday before the Nativity and ...

The Fasting Rules of the Orthodox Church during the Feast days.

According to the Church Charter, on the holidays of the Nativity of Christ and the Epiphany, which occurred on Wednesday and Friday, there is no fasting. On Christmas Eve and Epiphany and on the feast of the Exaltation ...

Days when marriage is not permitted

On the eve of Wednesday and Friday of the during the whole year (Tuesday and Thursday), Sundays (Saturday), Immovable feasts Movable feasts, patronal feast and great feasts; in continuation of the fasting period of ...

Calendar. Fasts and meals on 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE: below you will find information on xerophagy, a warm meal without oil and days of complete abstinence. This is a long-standing monastic tradition, which even in monasteries cannot always be observed in ...