Hello all, a quick question on fasting, I read onc that olve oil was part of the regular fast on Wednesdays and Fridays. Then I read in another work that oil was, but didn't specify what kind of oil, so I took it as all oil. Is there a canon (I hope this is the right word) on this, I mean that there is a definitive answer of whether or not oil of any kind, or just olive oil.
Thanks for the help.
Since olive oil, like wine, has been traditionally associated with feasts and joy, usually oil is not used during strict fasts. It can be allowed if there is a certain holiday that happens to be on a Wednesday or on a Friday, and in this case, there will be a special note in an Orthodox calendar (in my GOA calendar, it's a little picture of a bundle of grapes, meaning, "oil and wine allowed").
If I recall correctly, oil is allowed during "non-strict fasts" (like the Apostle's Fast and the St. Philip Fast), but NOT on Wednesdays and Fridays. Oil is not allowed on the Nativity eve.