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The power of prayer and fasting (Mk. 9, 17-31)

The power of prayer and fasting (Mk. 9, 17-31)

As Christians, thoughtfully done prayers and fasts can help us realize our impact on the salvation of the world; Jesus has made it clear that believers can achieve anything they want.  In these times when the certainties and great world theories have all failed, it just may be time to...
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Fasting is More Than a Diet

Fasting is More Than a Diet

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl041616wv.mp3 Is gluttony a real thing? Can food do more than nourish you? Is the fast a diet or something more? Listen as Fr. Chris discusses fasting with Fr. Patrick Irish of Saint Mark Antiochian Orthodox Christian, Irvine, CA. It’s not too late! This will be an inspiration to a...
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Fasting, The Orthodox Christian Way

Fasting, The Orthodox Christian Way

How are you fasting during Great Lent?  This year, the Orthodox Church began its forty-day fasting period (more than 40 this year!) on Monday, March 14th, in preparation for Great and Holy Easter (Pascha) on May 1st.  The date this year is especially far from Western Christian Easter, which will...
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True Fasting Means Loosing the Bonds of Injustice

True Fasting Means Loosing the Bonds of Injustice

It is a great blessing to be provided ecclesiastical occasions in which we can delve deeper into our Orthodoxy Christian spirituality.  This time of the year we experience the Nativity Fast, and not only the fast but the pure starting ground it provides us for spiritual work.  “Fasting isn’t an...
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What Good is Prayer and Fasting?

What Good is Prayer and Fasting?

I hear it all the time. “I prayed really hard, and STILL God didn’t answer my prayer.” This sense of frustration is common especially during times of serious illness and death of our loved ones. The Gospel tells of just this sense of frustration in the father who had a...
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Persistence in Fasting and in the Faith

Persistence in Fasting and in the Faith

In this episode, Fr. Constantine shares his struggles with keeping the fast as we continue our Lenten journey. He stresses the importance of making sure that we also include almsgiving and prayer in our routines. Fr. Constantine uses the Gospel reading from Mark 2:1-12 to show us an example of...
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Loving to Fast, and Fasting to Love

Loving to Fast, and Fasting to Love

And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not...
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Fasting before Christmas? Really…REALLY?

Fasting before Christmas? Really…REALLY?

Greetings in the Lord.  I want to welcome you to Generation ICXC, a new initiative that is pretty exciting!  Coming to this very spot, you will be able to submit questions about the Orthodox Christian Faith that we will try to answer.  The answers will not be Theological expositions (I...
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On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

On Fasting by St. John Chrysostom

Fasting is a medicine. But medicine, as beneficial as it is, becomes useless because of the inexperience of the user. He has to know the appropriate time that the medicine should be taken and the right amount of medicine and the condition of the body which is to take it,...
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Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Fasting

Metropolitan Kallistos Ware: Fasting

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl030814wv.mp3 In the first installment of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s 4-part Lenten series, His Excellency talks about fasting. Questions include: It can sometimes feel like “Lent” and “fasting” are synonymous. Should fasting be our primary focus during Lent? What is the connection between fasting and confession? Why is it so important...
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Fasting from the Darkness

Fasting from the Darkness

Dear Friends of OCN, During this sacred season of Lent, we are invited to participate in Christ’s suffering and Resurrection. This year, many of us are wondering how much more suffering we can handle. We’re faced with our personal struggles and feel bombarded by global conflicts and a seemingly endless...
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Fasting Fundamentals

Fasting Fundamentals

http://radio.myocn.net/podcast/CRTL/On_Air/crtl030114wv.mp3 As we begin our Lenten journey, get answers from Fr. Sergei Sveshnikov on everything from our basic caloric needs to practical tips for specific situations that can affect our ability to fast, like pregnancy or travel. Click to read Fr. Sergei’s article on “Fasting for Non-Monastics.” Orthodox Study Bible...
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