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BEFORE THERE WERE FREEZERS and refrigerators, preparing for the Great Fast involved cleaning out any meat or dairy products on hand. In parts of Europe meats would be cured for consumption after Pascha. Many Greeks observe what has been called “Roasted Thursday” – the Thursday in Meatfare week when all meats would be cooked to be eaten by the weekend. Many Slavs observe maslenitsa, the Slavic version of carnival, using remaining dairy products t…

 
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“AFTER THE LONG FEAST OF PENTECOST, fasting is especially necessary to purify our thoughts and render us worthy to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit … Therefore, the salutary custom was established of fasting after the joyful days during which we celebrated the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and the coming of the Holy Spirit” (from a sermon of Pope St. Leo the Great, +461). On the eighth day after Pentecost, Byzantine Churches trad…

 

To begin the Protecting God’s Children training online, all participants must first register with VIRTUS Online. Once registered, an email will be sent with instructions to begin the training program. To do so, either click the link above, or follow the detailed registration instructions here. May the Holy and All-Pure Mother of God protect, guide and guard all our children and families….

 

SUMMER, IN OUR WORLD AT LEAST, is a time for sun and fun: cookouts, the beach, pool parties and the like. Yet in the midst of summer – in the week which has been compared to the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning –we are called to fast. The first two week of August are observed in the Byzantine Churches as the Fast of the Theotokos, in preparation for the Feast of her Dormition on August 15. In the early Church the Dorm…

 
Thoughts for the Week 1998

…uly risen! +John A. Elya FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT Mark 10:32-45 – Annunciation Cathedral, 3-29-98 “The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve – to give His life as ransom for the many.” (Mark 10:45) After five weeks of fasting, of praying and of heightening our awareness of our spiritual needs and of the needs of others, we hear today’s Gospel inviting us to join Our Lord and the 12 Apostles in their last trip to Jerusalem. They had walked…

 

“THE DISCIPLES OF JOHAN and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to [Jesus], ‘Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?’  And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in…

 
Time to Wake from Sleep

TOMORROW IS THE FIRST DAY of the Great Fast. As a reminder, we hear once more these words of St Paul: “You know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep” (Romans 13:11). Each year the Church calls us to four fasting periods – four wake-up calls to focus more intently on the spiritual life in connection with one of its most important feasts. Since the Great Fast prepares us for Pascha, the “Feast of Feasts,” it is natur…

 

TOMORROW IS THE FIRST DAY of the Great Fast. As a reminder we hear once more these words of St Paul: “You know what hour it is, how it is full time now for you to wake from sleep” (Romans 13:11). Each year the Church calls to four fasting periods – four wake-up calls to focus more intently on the spiritual life in connection with one of its most important feasts. Since the Great Fast prepares us for Pascha, the “Feast of Feasts,” it is naturally…

 
Great Lent and Holy Week

Traditions of Great Lent and Holy Week Material prepared by Fr. Philaret Littlefield for inclusion in the St. George (Milwaukee) Melkite Sunday Bulletin Rule for Fasting and Abstinence Fasting for the Eastern Catholic means there is no consumption of solid food from midnight until noon. Abstinence is refraining from eating meat, dairy products, eggs, alcohol, fish and olive oil. Three approaches to fasting and abstinence have developed. These mi…

 
Thoughts for the Week 1997

t any good thing,” sings the Psalmist (Psalm 33/34:11) I am not advocating laziness. Contentment does not mean laziness, lack of ambition. It means putting our priority in the right place. Let us seek richness for the sake of service. As Jesus recommended in today’s Gospel, let us “not grow rich for ourselves, but grow rich in the sight of God.” I wish I win the lottery so I can build adequate churches for all our missions, distribute religious l…

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