Under the Jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
On the 15th of November, the Holy Church commences the Christmas (Nativity) Fast.
"Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him." -St. Paul's Letter to the Romans (14:3)
Fasting as a Tool: “A worker,” notes Saint John Cassian, “takes the trouble to get hold of the instruments that he requires. He does so not simply to have them and not use them. Nor is there any profit for him in merely possessing the instruments. What he wants is, with their help, to produce the crafted objective for which these are the efficient means. In the same way, fasting, vigils, scriptural meditation, nakedness, and total deprivation do not constitute perfection but are the means to perfection. Learn More
The Significance of Fasting from New Testament Examples: Saint Gregory Palamas: “While Christ was fasting in the wilderness, He defeated our tempter by force and took away his power against mankind.+ Having at last put down his tyranny, He set our nature free and handed him over for sport to all those willing to live according to the Gospel.” Learn More
On Fasting -- An Interview with His Grace Bishop Christoforos:We have to remember that one commandment given by God to Adam and Eve was about fasting: And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die” (Gen. 2:16).Learn More
"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." -St. Paul's Letter to the Colossians (3:1-2)