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Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh Comments on Fasting

By His Eminence Bishop Maximos, former Metropolitan of Pittsburgh Fasting, in our days, has become one of the most neglected spiritual values. Because of misunderstandings regarding the nature of fasting, because of confused and reversed priorities in its use, many of today’s Orthodox Christians fast very little, or disregard fasting altogether. The Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church ... Read More »

Fasting from Iniquities and Foods

“Let us fast an acceptable and very pleasing fast to the Lord. True fast is the estrangement from evil, temperance of tongue, abstinence from anger, separation from desires, slander, falsehood perjury. Privation of these is true fasting.” A Hymn of First Monday of Lent By St. Basil the Great “I am the Lord that healeth thee” Man is created as ... Read More »

From the Desert Fathers’ Wisdom: On Fasting

*1. A certain demoniac once went to Sketis. He was not cured, however, even though he spent a long time there, since the Fathers declined, out of extreme humility, to heal him. But one of the Elders, taking pity on him, made the sign of the Cross over the demoniac and at once the man was healed. When the demon ... Read More »

Why We Bless Homes With Holy Water?

Why do we bless houses (and almost anything else that we can sprinkle) with water? Many years ago, when I was yet a deacon, I was visiting with some non-Orthodox friends who were inquirers into Orthodoxy (they sadly, never followed through with their interest – or even their promise to become Orthodox) and we were discussing this topic in the ... Read More »


Introduction The role played by the discipline of fasting  has figured prominently within the spiritual life of Christianity, and has remained integral to the Orthodox Church. Its purpose and meaning is multifaceted, to which entire treatises have been written on the subject. For this reason, we will not labour the point by providing an exhaustive exposition on the subject, since ... Read More »