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Offline Myrrh23

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"Fast-Free Days"?
« on: December 29, 2008, 08:41:56 AM »
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I read on the goarch.org website Calendar that this Wednesday is a "Fast Free" day. Does that also imply that there is no regular "Wednesdays and Fridays Rule" fasting for that day? Thank you! :)
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Re: "Fast-Free Days"?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2008, 09:27:32 AM »
Yes it does. Period which starts since Nativity to the day before Theophany is fast-free (Theophany Eve is first fasting day).  Week after Pascha and week after Pentecost are too. And week beetween Meatfare Sunday to Cheesefare Sunday is also (You should not eat meat but diary products, entertaining yourself and behaving in not-fast-way are OK)
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Re: "Fast-Free Days"?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2008, 01:23:03 PM »
Hey! :)

I read on the goarch.org website Calendar that this Wednesday is a "Fast Free" day. Does that also imply that there is no regular "Wednesdays and Fridays Rule" fasting for that day? Thank you! :)

Indeed.  As Mike pointed out, there are periods of time during the Church year when we rid ourselves of the fast; most times, it is an act of celebration and joy; a few times, it is an act of preparation for an intense period of Fasting (specifically, Great Lent).  Of course, this covers not only food restrictions, but also those restrictions that we place upon our behavior during the Lenten period (e.g. no parties/dances/etc.).

The Days when fasting is not practiced: Dec 25-Jan 4, Jan 6; The 1st week of the Triodion period (i.e. the week after the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee); the week following Pascha (for the Antiochian Archdiocese, this fast is extended the full 40 days after Pascha); and the week following Pentecost.
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Re: "Fast-Free Days"?
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2008, 01:39:20 PM »
so....no YouTube movies for Lent? :(
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Re: "Fast-Free Days"?
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2008, 01:55:21 PM »
so....no YouTube movies for Lent? :(

That's between you and your spiritual father.  If you're addicted to movies but don't pray much, then I could see a personal discipline of, say, only 1 movie per week (maybe on Saturday), and your daily/frequent movie times being replaced with prayer time during Lent.  If you've got an awful temper, then the discipline of forgiveness and calmness could be added.  The goal in Lent is to (a) train body and soul, (b) exert our influence over the most base and animal parts of our nature, (c) grow closer to Christ and His Way, AND (d) become better human beings, through (a), (b), and (c).
"If you are going to serve the Lord, be prepared for times when you will be put to the test. Be sincere and determined. Keep calm when trouble comes. Stay with the Lord; never abandon Him and you will be prosperous at the end of your days. Accept whatever happens to you. Even if you suffer humiliation, be patient. Gold is tested by fire and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation. Trust the Lord and He will help you. Walk straight in His ways and put your hope in Him. " Sir 2:1-6