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Holy and Glorious Pascha Preparation - Great Lent and Great and Holy Week - Fasting Guidelines

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During Great Lent and Great and Holy Week, we fast.

The term "Fasting" includes two terms "Fasting" and "Abstinence".

TermDefinitionGuidelinesDays DoDays Do NotEatDrink
FastingNOT eating from midnight to noon
Eat one meal each day
When we can eat
How much we can eat
Monday to Friday
Great and Holy Saturday
Saturday and Sunday
except for Great and Holy Saturday
NOT during specific timesAlways
AbstinenceAbstain from
NOT eating certain foods
from midnight to midnight
NOT drinking certain beverages from midnight to midnight
What can eatMonday to Friday
Great and Holy Saturday
Saturday and Sunday
except for Great and Holy Saturday
NOT specific foodsNOT specific beverages

 

Fasting - When and How much
GuidelinesDaysWe CANWe should NOT
When we can eatMonday to Friday
Great and Holy Saturday
Eat from noon to midnightEat from midnight to noon
Sat. and Sun.
Except for Great and Holy Saturday.
Eat all day 
How much we can eatMonday to Friday
Great and Holy Saturday
Eat one meal each dayEat more than one meal
Eat in between meals
Sat. and Sun.
Except for Great and Holy Saturday.
Eat more than one meal
Eat in between meals
 

 

Abstinence - What
Eat/DrinkFood/BeveragesWe CANWe should NOT
Eat"Vegaterian"
Plants that is fruits, grains, legumes (beans), vegetables, nuts, and fruits, etc.
Invertebrates that is creatures without a spine /backbone (sponges, hydroids, anemones, jellyfish, gorgonains, sea pen, sea fan, worms, squid, cuttlefish, octopus, sea lily, etc.)
All the time 
"Vegan"
NO Products from a vertebrate that is creatures with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.)
NO "Dairy products" that is no milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.
All the time. 
Olive oilSaturday and Sunday
(NOT on Great and Holy Saturday)
Great Feast of the Annunciation
Palm Sunday - Shaneeneh
Monday to Friday
Great and Holy Saturday.
"Flesh" (skin and meat)
Vertebrate that is an animal with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish {tuna, shark, bass, sardines, etc.}, etc.)
Shellfish
 All the time
Products from a vertebrate that is creatures with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.)
NO "Dairy products" that is no milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.
 All the time
DrinkWaterAll the time. 
Unfermented fruit juiceAll the time 
Wine that is fermented fruit juiceSaturday and Sunday
(NOT on Great and Holy Saturday)
Great Feast of the Annunciation
Palm Sunday - Shaneeneh.
Monday to Friday
Great and Holy Saturday
Alcoholic beverages All the time

Variations in Fasting Guidelines

There are many ways to keep the Great Lent and Great and Holy Week fast. Remember that keeping the spirit of the fast is as important as following the rules of the fast.

NameGreat Lent First weekGreat Lent Wednesdays and FridaysGreat and Holy Week
RelaxedFirst weekWednesdays and FridaysGreat and Holy Week
MinimumFirst day (Clean Monday)FridaysGreat and Holy Thursday
Great and Holy Friday
Great and Holy Saturday

Fasting Guidelines from the Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States)

The Eparchy of Newton (Our Lady of the Annunciation (Al Bisharah) in Roslindale, Massachusetts, United States) publishes Fasting Guidelines.

Great Lenten and Great and Holy Week Fasting Period

Great Lent is Forty Days
The 40-day count begins at the beginning of the Vespers of Clean Monday Service of Forgivenesson the evening of the Fourth Sunday of Triodion --Cheese fare / Forgivenessand ends just before the Vespers of Lazarus Saturday on the evening of the Friday after the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Cean Monday is day 1 and the Friday after the 5th Sunday of Great Lent is day 40.
Sundays do count.

Great and Holy Week is six days.
Great and Holy Week begins just before the Vespers of Great and Holy Monday on Palm Sunday- Shaneeneh evening and ends just before the Divine Liturgy of Holy and Glorious Pascha is celebrated on Great and Holy Saturday evening.

Traditions

Traditions of Great Lent and Holy Week Melkite Greek Catholic Church Eparchy of Newton

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

Saint Ignatios of Antioch Melkite Greek Catholic Church Then click on Resources. The first category is Lenten Information.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Lent But Were Afraid to Ask St. George Melkite-Greek Catholic Church, Sacramento, CA


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