Seeing that tomorrow (the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross) is a day of Strict Fasting, I have a question.
Isn't the strict fast done with the assumption that someone will be receiving communion later that evening at a Liturgy, and breaking the fast at the Liturgy, or at sunset?
What do we do when we do not or cannot attend the Liturgy and instead fast from midnight to midnight (and thus are unable to eat, at all, all day)?
Doesn't the strict fast simply assume that one is going to attend Liturgy that day, and probably that they live in close proximity to Orthodox parishes and could easily follow such a strict guideline?
I mean, I have no problem following the strict fast from midnight to communion at Sunday liturgy, or even following a strict fast from breakfast until an evening liturgy. But it just seems too much to follow a strict fast for a full 24 hours, and since it's a Saturday, that strict fast would continue to Sunday liturgy, so really at least 36 hours without any food or drink. That just seems a little extreme for laypeople to follow, and especially those who live 1 hour from the nearest parish and aren't easily able to attend a liturgy on the day of strict fast.