1. The Great Lent :
It begins on Clean Monday and ends on Sunday of the Resurrection. It is the most rigorous fasting all time (we consume oil only on Saturday and Sunday) .
During Lent we make the following exceptions:
- On 25th of March we eat fish
- on the day of 40 Martyrs we eat oil.
- Also on Palm day we eat fish.
2. Fasting Christmas :
Starts from November 15th and ends on December 24th. In this fast we eat fish (all days except Wednesdays and Fridays) from the beginning and until 17th of December (if not a Wednesday or Friday). We also eat fish at 21 of November regardless of the day of the week.
From the 18th until the 24th of December, the eve of the feast, we eat wine and oil except on days of Wednesdays and Fridays. Also, we follow strict fast on the first day of fasting, that is on November 15th, and on 24th of December, unless they fall on Saturday or Sunday.
3 Fast of the Virgin :
From 1 August to 14 August we follow strict fast. We consume wine and oil only on Saturdays and Sundays. We eat fish only the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Saviour (August 6). If the 15th of August is on Wednesday or Friday, we only eat fish and not meat.
3 Fasting of the Apostles :
Starting on Monday after the Sunday of All Saints until June 28. We eat fish, while abstaining from meat, dairy products and eggs . If we want we can eat fish eat all days, except off Wednesday and Friday. We also follow strict fast on the eve of the feast, unless it is Saturday or Sunday. We also eat fish on 24th of June 24, regardless of the day of week. If the feast of 29th of June falls on Wednesday or Friday, we eat fish.
4 In the following days we follow strict fasting:
1. January 5. Eve of Epiphany.
2. August 29. Beheading of head of St. John the Baptist.
3. September 14. Exaltation of the Holy Cross (The Triumph of the Cross)
4. December 24. Christmas Eve.
Note that if one of these four days, falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then we are allowed to eat oil and drink wine.
There is only one Saturday that we fast and do not eat oil, that is on Holy Saturday.
We Fast on NO Sunday, because every Sunday is a joyful feast: the feast of the Resurrection of Christ .