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1st Discourse on Fasting [1]

1st Discourse on Fasting [1]

Saint Basil the Great   Fasting is a prophetic command ‘Sound the trumpet on the day of the new moon, in the glorious day of your feast’. (Ps. 80, 3). This is a prophetic ordinance. For us, the readings (Is. 58, 4-6) resound louder than the trumpet and any other...
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The Challenge of Fasting in the Modern World

The Challenge of Fasting in the Modern World

We’re most of the way through our Lenten journey! Pascha is, without a doubt, my favorite holiday. I love the reverence of Holy Week services. I love the buildup to the Resurrection. I love that it takes place in Spring (the best of all the seasons). The process of preparing,...
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Faith, Prayer, Fasting and the Ladder of Divine Ascent

Faith, Prayer, Fasting and the Ladder of Divine Ascent

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Fourth Sunday of Great Lent—St. John Climacus  And one of the crowd answered Jesus, “Teacher, I brought my son to You, for he has a dumb spirit; and wherever it seizes him,...
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Fasting and its Benefits (3)

Fasting and its Benefits (3)

Saint John of the Ladder   1. As we’re now going to speak of the stomach, we’ve decided again- as with all our themes- to turn our philosophy against ourselves. Because I wonder if anyone has ever been free of it before residing in the grave. 2. Gluttony is hypocrisy...
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Fasting and its benefits (2)

Fasting and its benefits (2)

Who is as strong as a lion, but, for the sake of his stomach falls into a trap and the whole of his strength is brought low? When the fathers in Skete ate bread and salt, they used to say: ‘Let’s not be beholden to bread and salt’. In this...
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Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting’

Sunday of Cheese-fare: Forgiving and Fasting

Protopresbyter Nikolaos Patsalos   The time of preparation for the Fast ends with the Sunday of Cheese-fare and so we pass into great and blessed Lent, which is full of mixed experiences and feelings transmitted to us in a mystical way by its penitential services. Today’s Gospel reading brings us...
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Forgiveness, Fasting and Fortunes

Forgiveness, Fasting and Fortunes

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. Forgiveness Sunday Jesus said “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive...
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The Lenten Plan—Fasting

The Lenten Plan—Fasting

Listen Now. We will now be including the daily reading of Epistle and Gospel with The Prayer Team. ENGAGED: The Call to Be Disciples Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching...
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Fasting and Prayer

Fasting and Prayer

The Great Canon of St. Andrew says, “When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness, He at last became hungry, showing His human nature. Do not be despondent, my soul, if the enemy attacks you, but let him be beaten off by prayer and fasting.” [Matthew 4:1-11;...
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Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

Understanding and Living Our Faith: How We Experience Lent and Fasting

“Many Christians, unaware of the great value of fasting, either keep the fast with difficulty or reject it altogether. We should not be afraid to fast but embrace it with joy.” (St. John Chrysostom) Fasting is so much more then abstaining from certain foods. Christ reminds us in the Gospels...
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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Thoughts on Fasting

With the coming of another Holy Season of Great Lent, our thoughts turn to the topic of fasting. Here I offer a few thoughts for your consideration. First consider the question: “Is there more than one way to fast?” After encountering a very difficult health issue wherein I lost considerable...
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To What Degree Fasting?

To What Degree Fasting?

The Journey to the Cross and Resurrection of Christ Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterward He was hungry. Matthew 4:1-2   Good morning Prayer Team!   When you ask many...
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