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#1 Brad D.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 01:15 PM

I opened up my calendar today to get the lectionary readings, and saw that it is a fast free day today, and Friday. Is the week of the Pharisee and the Publican always fast free? Or is there some other occasion?

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#2 Rdr Andreas

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 01:42 PM

This week is always fast free. Means we can't boast (like the Pharisee) about our fasting!

#3 Olga

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 01:43 PM

Yes, the week between the Sundays of the Publican and Pharisee and Prodigal Son is always fast free.

#4 Fr Raphael Vereshack

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 02:14 PM

These next three weeks are basically designed to gradually adjust us to the upcoming rigours of Great Lent. Gradually the form of the services begins to change towards what will occur throughout Lent- first the Saturday Vespers & Sunday Matins services with the use of special hymns of a penitential nature (Open to me the Doors of Repentance); then by the week before Lent, the daily structure of the services assumes a form very close to what is used during Great Lent.

Also we adjust physically- there is no fasting all this week. Then next week is a normal week with fasting on the usual Wednesday & Friday. And then the last week before Lent is cheesefare when fish and dairy are allowed on every day- but no more meat until Pascha (in other words, this year Sun Feb 19 will be the last day on which meat is permitted until Pascha). Also for those who experience the daily services- the prayer of St Ephraim is said from the Tuesday Vespers of the week before Lent begins.

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#5 Brad D.

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

Thank you for your responses!




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