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#1 Rajaee J.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 04:41 AM


I am trying to learn more about the diet Orthodox monks keep, particularly the monks of Athos.

Do monks ever fast from sweets and bread and eat only vegetables? Or would they fast from fruits and vegetables and eat only bread?
When a monk is not fasting, what foods are permitted? (Fruits? Bread? Pasta? Eggs? Fish? Dairy? Wine?) Please try to be specific.

I understand the tradition may vary from monastery to monastery, so if you can just give me a general idea, or tell me the tradition of a specific monastery you are aware of.

Also, if you don't know about the monks, but know a tradition about a specific Orthodox saint's fasting, please feel free to share that.


#2 Paul Cowan

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 01:35 PM

You might want to try the search feature or the section of Monachos that deals specifical with monasticism. Yo uwill find a wealth of answes to your questions there already. :)


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Posted 27 December 2011 - 03:29 PM

All Orthodox Christians should observe fasting:
Although I'm guilty of falling short.

In general, monks strictly follow this schedule and do not eat meat but will eat fish.

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