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Offline Elijah

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This fasting season
« on: August 09, 2010, 01:01:04 PM »
For this fasting season, does any body use any special prayer book/s just for this season?  Or is there anything that we, as a christian, are supposed to do for these two weeks other than the usual fasting times?
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Re: This fasting season
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2010, 01:04:39 PM »
It would be a good time to study and reflect on the life of the Virgin Mary, and to study the writings of the Church Fathers on those passages of Scripture which describe her.

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Re: This fasting season
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010, 02:30:52 PM »
It would be a good time to study and reflect on the life of the Virgin Mary, and to study the writings of the Church Fathers on those passages of Scripture which describe her.

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Father Peter, thank you for the reply. Do you happen to know anything written by the church Fathers about Saint Mary in English? Thank you again, Father Peter.
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Re: This fasting season
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2010, 04:45:18 PM »
One book I have found useful is...

Mary and the Fathers of the Church: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Patristic Thought

http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Fathers-Church-Blessed-Patristic/dp/0898706866/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281386584&sr=1-1

It contains a wide range of patristic sources and is an interesting and informative volume that provides lots of patristic material on which to reflect.

God bless

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Re: This fasting season
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2010, 02:25:08 PM »
One book I have found useful is...

Mary and the Fathers of the Church: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Patristic Thought

http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Fathers-Church-Blessed-Patristic/dp/0898706866/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281386584&sr=1-1

It contains a wide range of patristic sources and is an interesting and informative volume that provides lots of patristic material on which to reflect.

God bless

Father Peter
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Re: This fasting season
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2010, 03:25:58 PM »
The little book on the veneration of the Theotokos in Orthodox tradition by St John (Maximovitch) is also good.

Thank you for this suggestion, Fr. Peter. I never gave much thought before to what sort of "theme" to have for Dormition fast. But obviously focussing on our Lady is the thing to do!
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