It's that time of year again and we are fixin' to get ready for Lent. As we enter into this Movable Fast/Feast Period of the Orthodox calendar let me give you the quick rundown:
Feb 9-15: The Triodion- "Three" weeks before Lent. No Fasting
Feb 16-22: Meatfare- Regular Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays
Feb 23-March 2: Cheesefare- Fast Week (Dairy, Eggs, and Fish Allowed)
March 3- April 11: Great and Holy Lent- Strict Fast (No Eggs, Dairy or Meat) ((not even lamb.)) (((Big Fat Greek Wedding)))
April 12: Saturday of Lazarus (Wine and Oil Allowed)
April 13: Palm Sunday (Fish, Wine and Oil Allowed) ((Big Fish day to give you strength for the upcoming week))
April 14-19: Holy Week, Strict Fast
April 20: Great and Holy PASCHA, Easter. Fast Free (But you already knew that)
April 21-27: Bright Week, Fast Free
April 28-June 8: Back to our regularly scheduled fasting schedule…. Wednesdays and Fridays.
May 29: Holy Ascension
June 8: Pentecost
June 9-14: No Fasting
June 15: Sunday of All Saints, No Fasting
June 16-June 29: Apostles Fast, (fish allowed) ((One of the "lesser" fasts that is often overlooked))
June 30: Holy Apostles
This concludes our moveable feast portion of the calendar. You may now return back to our regularly scheduled fasting schedule…. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Remember: fasting is not a diet but a spiritual exercise. Use it with prayer and almsgiving.