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SAINT GEORGE KARSLIDIS – ON FORTY LITURGIES

By Monk Moses the Athonite *1. When he would Liturgize he would become another man. Those attending church would hear various sounds from the Holy Altar from his heavenly visitors. They would kneel and chant “Lord have mercy”. *2. One day the Saint said to his chanter: “I had so many saints today that I didn’t have enough room to ... Read More »

THE DIVINE FORTY LITURGIES AND THE NATIVITY FAST

The Nativity Fast in the Orthodox Church begins on November 15th. From that time until December 17th (or some observe December 12th) we fast from meat, milk products, and eggs, though fish is allowed. After the 17th (or 12th) we fast also from fish. But fasting from food, according to the command of our Lord, must go hand in hand ... Read More »

HOW DID THE CONTEMPORARY NATIVITY FAST COME TO BE?

The first mention of a preparatory period before Christmas is mentioned in a decree of the Council of Saragossa (380). The Council Fathers stated that every Christian should daily go to church from December 17 until the Theophany (January 6th). At the Synod of Mac (581) in Gaul (present day France) it was decreed that from November 11, the day ... Read More »

WHY THE NATIVITY FAST HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED

The Orthodox Church prepares its faithful to welcome the Nativity of Christ in a worthy manner by means of a 40-day Nativity fast, which lasts from November 15th to December 25. Besides generally known reasons, the Nativity fast is also undertaken by Orthodox Christians in order to venerate the suffering and sorrow undergone by the Holy Mother of God at ... Read More »

THE NATIVITY FAST – ECCLESIAL GUIDELINES

*(I.) CANONICAL ORDER *1. The period of the Nativity Fast begins on November 15 (the day after the Feast of St. Philip, 14 November) and ends on 24 December.[1] *2. During this period, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, we eat food without oil, but fish is permitted on the other days.[2] *3. By Tradition, the period during which we are ... Read More »