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Offline HelenElizabeth

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END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« on: April 01, 2004, 09:07:17 PM »
It  is  getting Close to  the  Holy  Week.  How  to  you all  feel After  a Other Great  Lent? I  feel it  has  brought  me  closer  to God. I  also  Have  a Great  Joy.
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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2004, 09:16:30 PM »
Sadly, I didn't take advantage of these holy days as I should've.  I realised that when I flipped through a RC periodical at work today and went through the section with the liturgical texts and readings for the Masses of the Easter season.  Some were inspiring, but I realised it (Paschaltide) wouldn't be the same without the preparation I should've made during Lent.  Hopefully, I will be able to use the remaining days in a spiritually profitable way.
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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2004, 10:42:12 PM »
Today, I had a big mac with special sauce and a bottle of my favorite red.

Happy April Fool's everyone.

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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2004, 11:25:31 PM »
Well being a schismatic RC, my fasting days are 2 per week and limited to solid foods (meats, treats etc). I felt that my medicinal use of certain beverages did not qualify.

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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2004, 11:44:52 PM »
er - I had planned to be a much better person by now. So I feel  :'(

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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2004, 11:58:23 PM »
Unfortunately, that makes two of us.

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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2004, 12:10:25 AM »
I've had a cold and some sort of bronchitis throughout all of Great Lent, so my fasting was abbreviated, and the last month and a half have been some of the most trying days i've had.  I haven't been able to do as much spiritual contemplation as i'd have liked to, but the pain/suffering/sickness has made me think "ah, I see You know how I'm feeling, and indeed You've suffered infinitely more than I have"  

I have a feeling Holy Week will be more affecting.  If only I didn't have an exam on Good Friday! >:(
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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2004, 10:52:05 AM »
This is my first fast as an orthodox christian. I'm working towards fasting in the literal sense of the word. I spent nearly 40 days abstaining from dairy, junk food and TV. (I'm already a vegetarian so the meat part wasn't so difficult ;D)  I have also limited my daily jaunts on the internet to 1 hour per day. Well, I haven't been perfect and was disappointed in myself :(  

Last weekend, I travelled with some fellow orthodox christians to http://www.dormitionmonastery.com/ This was my second trip to the monastary but my first as an Orthodox christian. It was here I had time to really reflect and pray.  I feel renewed and that I'm back on track.
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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2004, 03:48:44 AM »
Well, a bit tired, I guess. Yet wishing that maybe I had done the fasting at least a bit better...
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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2004, 02:46:12 PM »
Actually I have had a very good Lent.  This is my first after my chrismation.  Confession early in Lent seems to have made a huge difference for me.  The fasting has been much easier this year.
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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2004, 12:36:36 AM »
I am feeling quite ill from all the Cheese and Meat I ate after Liturgy this morning. ;)

Actually this lent seemed to go faster than last lent.  I can't wait till I get Baptized and get to do the fasts as an Orthodox Christian.

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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2004, 04:45:09 AM »
I am feeling quite ill from all the Cheese and Meat I ate after Liturgy this morning. ;)

We've been through this before. We have since learned to ease ourselves back into the meat and dairy after Pascha :D

I had no trouble fasting food wise but alas failed miserably again in restraining my passions :(. I needed to pray a lot more than I eventually did and I suspect it is primarily because I was struggling under my own strength that I failed. I need to learn more and more to rely on God's strength.

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Re:END OF THE GREAT FAST?
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2004, 01:27:50 PM »
I also had some weak moments and failings during the Lenten Fast and it was'nt as ridgid as the Eastern Fast.

May the Lord strengthen me for the next fast, which I will attempt to fullfill the Eastern requirements.

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Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.