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The Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos Cycle Preparation - Our Lady's Fast - Fasting Guidelines

 

Cycle Preparing
Dormition
Preparing
Fasting
Dormition
Preparating
Praying
Feast
Procession
Holy Cross
Feast
Transfiguration
Feast
Dormition
Feast
Blessing
Flowers
Celebrating
Dormition

 

Fasting
Theology
Fasting
Definition
Nativity
Fasting
Prophonisimon
Fasting
Great Lent
Great Week
Theology
Fasting
Great Lent
Great Week
Guidelines
Fasting
Our Lady's
Fasting
Apostles
Fasting
Holy Theophany
Fasting
Exaltation
Holy Cross
Fasting
People
Excused
from
Fasting

 

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

 

Fasting and Feasting Period
ActionNameTime
FastingDormition Fast
Theotokos Fast
Our Lady's Fast
Begins just before the Vespers
of the Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross (1 August)
on 31 July evening evening
Ends just before Vespers
of the Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos (15 August)
on 14 August evening.
FeastingGreat Feast of the Dormition of The TheotokosBegins at the beginning of the Vespers
of the Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos (15 August)
on 14 August evening.
Ends just before the Vespers
of the Holy Hieromartyr Eutyches (24 August)
on 23 August evening.

1 - 14 August - The Church traditionally observes a period of fasting for the Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos. This fast is also called "Our Lady's Fast". This fast begins just before the Vespers of the Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross (1 August) on 31 July evening. This fast ends just before Vespers for the Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos (15 August) on 14 August evening.

By fasting, we can unite our lives more closely to The Theotokos. By fasting, we can join in and show our appreciation for the sacrifices of the The Theotokos. The Theotokos sacrificed much to give birth to Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity / Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to raise Him, and to be with Him during His ministry, His crucifixion, and His resurrection.

Fasting Guidelines

When The Paramony of the Great Feast of the Dormition of The Theotokos falls on a Saturday or on a Sunday, the fasting is done on the previous Friday. The only time that fasting is done on a Saturday is Great and Holy Saturday. Fasting is never done on a Sunday.

Fasting
DefinitionWe CANWe should NOT
When can eatEat from noon to midnightEat from midnight to noon
How much can eatEat one meal each day
Monday to Friday
Eat more than one meal
Eat in between meals
Monday to Friday

 

Abstinence
Eat/DrinkFood/BeveragesWe CANWe should NOT
Eat"Vegaterian".
Plants
(fruits, grains, legumes (beans), vegetables, nuts, and fruits, etc.)
Invertebrates
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
creatures with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.)
Milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.
("dairy products" in the United States)
All the time. 
FishSaturday and Sunday
(NOT Paramony of Nativity of Jesus Christ
Paramony of Feast of Theophany of Jesus Christ
Feast of Exaltation of Cross)
Paramony of Nativity of Jesus Christ
Paramony of Feast of Theophany of Jesus Christ
Feast of Exaltation Cross
Olive oilSaturday and Sunday
(NOT Paramony of Nativity of Jesus Christ
Paramony of Feast of Theophany of Jesus Christ
Feast of Exaltation of Cross)
Paramony of Nativity of Jesus Christ
Paramony of Feast of Theophany of Jesus Christ
Feast of Exaltation Cross
"Flesh" (skin and meat)
Vertebrate
which is an animal with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish {tuna, shark, bass, sardines, etc.}, etc.)
Shellfish
 All the time.
Products from a vertebrate
creatures with a spine / backbone (mammals, birds, fish, etc.)
Milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc.
("dairy products" in the United States)
 All the time.
DrinkWaterAll the time. 
Unfermented fruit juiceAll the time. 
WineSaturday and Sunday
(NOT Paramony of Nativity of Jesus Christ
Paramony of Feast of Theophany of Jesus Christ
Feast of Exaltation of Cross)
Paramony of Nativity of Jesus Christ
Paramony of Feast of Theophany of Jesus Christ
Feast of Exaltation Cross
Alcoholic beverages. All the time.

 

Preparation
DayCommemorateDateApostolosGospel
Dormition
Fast

Begins
Our Lady's
Fast
Fast
Begins
just before
Vespers
31 July
  
 Procession
of
Holy Cross


Seven
Holy
Macchabees,
their
mother
Salome
and
their
instructor,
Elder
Eleazar
1Heb.
11:33-12:2a
Mt.
10:16-22
Transfig-
uration
of
Our Lord,
God
Savior,
Jesus
Christ
Jesus
Christ's

transfig-
uration
62
Pet.
1:10-19
Mt.
17:1-9
Vigil
of
Dormition
Theotokos
Holy Prophet
Micheas
14  
Dormition
Fast

Ends
Our Lady's
Fast
Ends
just before
Vespers
14
  

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