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Cycle Preparing (Fasting, Praying, and Performing Charity) and Celebrating (Feasting) Fasting Praying Performing Charity Feasting Celebrating

The Melkite Greek Catholic Church has an Annual Liturgical Cycle. Each Liturgical Cycle has a Preparing Time Period and a Celebrating Time Period. The Preparing Time Period and the Celebrating Time Period are equally important because the reason for both time periods is equally important. Every Preparing Time Period (fasting, praying, and performing Charity) is followed by an equal number of days of Celebrating (Feasting) Time Period. The Feast Day is counted as the first day (day one) in the Celebrating Time Period.

Preparing Time Period

The Preparing Time Period is before the feast.
The Preparing Time Period begins on a set day determined by the number of days in Celebrating Time Period.
The Preparing Time Period ends just before the Vespers of the feast.
The Preparing Time Period includes praying, fasting (not eating certain foods and not eating at certain times), and performing charity / alms / helping others / good works..

Celebrating Time Period

The Celebrating Time Period is during the feast and its celebration.
The Celebrating Time Period immediately follows the Preparing Time Period. The Celebrating Time Period begins at the beginning of Vespers of the feast.
The Celebrating Time Period ends on a set day determined by the number of days in the Preparing Time Period.
The Celebration period includes feasting (eating certain foods [the foods not eaten during the Preparing Time Period] and eating at all times [eating at the times which no eating occurs during the Preparing Time Period]).

For both Holy and Glorious Pascha and Nativity According to the Flesh of Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, we prepare Forty Days, then we celebrate for Forty Days.

Four great Preparation Celebration Cycles

The table below has the four great Preparation Celebration cycles.

Another Liturgical Cycle Preparing (Fasting, Praying, and Performing Charity) and Celebrating (Feasting)

Feasts of Feasts and Great Feast Days with Preparing (Fasting, Praying, and Performing Charity) and Celebrating (Feasting)

Great Feast of the The Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

Because this feast is so important, the regulations for feasting on the Great Feast of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) of The Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary supersedes the regulations for fasting during Great Lent. This Great Feast Day is a day of feasting.

The Great Feast Day that is a Fast Day

Great Feast of the Exaltation of the Precious and Lifegiving Holy Cross - 14 September is a day of fasting (fast and abstience).

More Information

CyberTypicon by Reverend Father / Abouna Peter Boutros
CyberTypicon lists Fast and Abstinence days.

"CyberTypicon" Definitions by Reverend Father / Abouna Peter Boutros
CyberTypicon has the Fasting and Abstinence rules. Please click on Fast and Abstinence.

Traditions of Great Lent and Holy Week Please click on Fast and Abstinence, Reasons why. Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton Material prepared by Fr. Philaret Littlefield for inclusion in the St. George Melkite (Byzantine) Greek Catholic Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States Sunday Bulletin

Abouna, Why do We Fast? by Fr. Philaret D. Littlefield, Reprinted from Sophia, Volume 31, Number 1, Jan. - Feb. 2001, Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton


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