Fasting during Elevation of the Cross
Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:32 PM
Fr David Moser
Posted 15 September 2012 - 02:09 AM
Dear Mr. Jonathan G.,
I noticed that today is listed as a special fast according to the Antiochian calendar and strict fast (oil and wine) on the OCA calendar. What do these mean?
Although I do not currently remember a source for you to check, many hundreds of years ago, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross was still a major Feastday, with no fasting as we do today. In the centuries that ensued since then, our Holy Church appropriately changed the Feast to a day of strict fasting with wine and oil only allowed to be eaten on this Feast if it falls on the Sabbath Day (Saturday) or the Lord’s Day (Sunday), since we do not fast on these days except on Holy and Great Saturday.
Various Orthodox Christians jurisdictions have their own definitions as to what strict fasting is for their flocks, which is why there are differences in the presentation as to what a strict fast entails.
I hope this helps!
With agape in our Lord Jesus Christ,
+ Father Stephanos
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