Many of us have enjoyed a fast free Friday but do you know why? It has to do with the moveable feasts which start with the Triodion and end with Holy Apostles on June 30th.
We are currently in the post Pentecost period and are about to enter the Apostles Fast. Being part of the moveable calendar, the duration of the Apostles Fast varies on how early or late PASCHA was. Notice the picture below... if the Triodion starts earlier, the top circle turns counterclockwise which lengthens the Apostle Fast. But if the Triodion starts later, the top circle turns clockwise and the Apostles Fast is shorter.
This year we have a three week Apostles Fast.
The MOVEABLE FEASTS:The Triodion (yellow) - "Three" weeks before Lent.
- No Fasting
- Meatfare- Regular Fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays
- Cheesefare- Fast Week (Dairy, Eggs, and Fish Allowed)
Saturday of Lazarus (Wine and Oil Allowed)
Palm Sunday (Fish, Wine and Oil Allowed) ((Big Fish day to give you strength for the upcoming week))
Holy Week, Strict Fast
Great and Holy PASCHA, Easter. Fast Free (But you already knew that)
Bright Week, Fast Free
Back to our regularly scheduled fasting schedule…. Wednesdays and Fridays.
Pentecost- Sunday of All Saints, No Fasting
Apostles Fast, (fish allowed) ((One of the "lesser" fasts that is often overlooked))