Fasting Rules for Holy Week

Holy and Great Monday, Holy and Great Tuesday, Holy and Great Wednesday: (One meal may be taken each day)

Abstinence Of: Meat & Meat Products, Dairy Products, Fish, Olive Oil, Wine. No Abstinence Of: Shellfish, Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Fruit.

Holy and Great Thursday:

Abstinence Of: Meat & Meat Products, Dairy Products, Fish. No Abstinence Of: Olive Oil, Wine, Shellfish, Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Fruit.

Holy and Great Friday:

On Holy and Great Friday, those who have the strength, keep a total fast. Those unable to do this may eat bread, with a little water, tea, or fruit juice, but not until sunset, or at any rate not until the veneration of the Epitaphion at Vespers.

Holy and Great Saturday: (One meal may be taken on this day)

On this one Saturday, alone among all the Saturdays of the year, olive oil is not permitted. Abstinence Of: Meat & Meat Products, Dairy Products, Fish, Olive Oil. No Abstinence Of: Wine, Shellfish, Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Fruit.

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In short, these are the Lenten rules for fasting. Traditionally, the Church Fathers recommend that someone new to fasting begin by resolving to faithfully do as much as he or she is able during the Lenten period. Each year as one matures as a Christian, a fuller participation can be under­taken. However, it is not recommended that a person try to create their own rules for fasting, since this would not be obedient or wise. The Faithful are encouraged to consult with their priest or bishop regarding the Fast when possible.

Personal factors such as one’s health and living situation need to be considered as well. For example, an isolated Or­thodox Christian required to eat meals at their place of employment, school or in prison may not be able to avoid certain foods. The Church understands this and extends leniency.

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Blessed Palm Sunday everyone

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Blessed Palm Sunday everyone

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion,Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, 0 Christ God!Like the children with the palms of victory,we cry out to Thee, 0 Vanquisher of Death:Hosanna in the highest!Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!
- Troparion of the Feast, sung on both Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

By raising Lazarus from the dead before Thy Passion,
Thou didst confirm the universal resurrection, 0 Christ God!
Like the children with the palms of victory,
we cry out to Thee, 0 Vanquisher of Death:
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!

- Troparion of the Feast, sung on both Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

Prayer request

It may be tiring to ask it again and again, however, I really need many prayers right now because from tomorrow till the following week I have something really important to do. Please pray to God that everything will be just fine and He’ll be by myside all the time, whatever happens <3 Even one prayer means the world to me <3 God bless all of you!

When our soul has no love for Christ…

When our soul has no love for Christ, we are like ships that have no fuel, no gas in their engines. We must always remember Christ with love. Then our soul will leap for joy.

- Elder Amphilochios of Patmos

In one week and 4 days, we’ll sing this at Church! I am so excited I can’t wait! <3 

"Every generation offers Thee it’s hymn of praise at Thy burial, O Christ…"

The Holy Week is coming!

Yes, it’s true, the most beautiful time of the year is coming! I can’t wait to spend my whole week, from the early morning to the midnight, to the Church: to learn again about the last days of Jesus in earth, to cry when He’s crucified, to sing with the other girls the Lamentations, to be one of the myrr-bearers that will protect Jesus’ grave all night long, and generally to join to the other beautiful customs of the Orthodox Church! The services are longer, but more touching than usually. I just love them so much, since I was a little child!

Let’s all be as prepared as we can, in order to meet the Crucified Lord, and to live the events through the services as intensive as we can. And then, after the pain and the tears that we’ll have, we’ll all sing united “Christ is Risen”!

Prayers please!

If you could say a prayer for me right now, “Simply Orthodox”, it would be greatly appreciated. God knows both my name and what exactly I need, and I trust Him to help me and the whole world, with the intercessions of His Mother and the Saints. So, your prayer would be a great gift for me!

Thank you all so much <3

simplyorthodox:

Saint Xenia of Petersburg, the Fool-For-Christ &lt;3 &lt;3 &lt;3
You can ask her intercessions in order to find a job, a spouse or a house, namely all those that she denied for the sake of Jesus.

simplyorthodox:

Saint Xenia of Petersburg, the Fool-For-Christ <3 <3 <3

You can ask her intercessions in order to find a job, a spouse or a house, namely all those that she denied for the sake of Jesus.

God always helps

God always helps. He always comes in time, but patience is necessary. He hears us immediately when we cry out to Him, but not in accordance with our own way of thinking.

- Elder Joseph the Hesyhast

On Lust

The struggle with a spirit of lust is a fierce struggle, longer than others, a daily struggle, and only a small number of people come to total vic­tory. This struggle begins with the first ripe growth and does not finish until all the other passions have been mastered.

In this strug­gle, it is necessary to use two weapons. For the achievement of a perfect and pure chastity, bodily fasting is not enough (though it is of the utmost necessity). On top of that, compunction of soul and unremitting prayer against that most unclean spirit; then, constant study of the Scriptures together with prudent works, physical labour and hand-work. These things keep the heart from unchastity and bring it back to itself.

Above all, deep and true humility is needed, without which one will never attain victory over any passion. Vic­tory over this passion is a freeing for the perfect purifying of the heart, from which, according to the words of the Lord, flow forth poison and grave ills: ‘For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, … adulteries, fornications’ and so forth (Matt. 15:19).

- St. John Cassian (excerpt)

A message from Anonymous
I would like to join the Orthodox Church with my wife. I need prayers that we will be able to join the church. So far, the Priest keeps putting us off about joining the church, "I will see..." We have been active Lutheran Christians for most of our lives. We are willing to take any classes, training, baptism etc that he feels necessary. Please pray that we will be able to join the church and pray for our salvation. Larry and Nancy.

Dear Larry and Nancy,

I will pray for both of you. Everything will be fine in the end, God watches your struggles and He’s there to help you, so you don’t have to worry about anything. Trust His timing. Don’t give up. Pray a lot to Him, His Mother and to all the Saints and everything is going to be okay. Also, discuss how you feel with your priest and show him in any way you can that you are serious about your decision to be Orthodox Christians, so he’ll understand.

God bless you, have a blessed remain of the Holy Lent!

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Exaltedinexile said: Hello fellow converts! I think many Priests can appear dismissive because Orthodoxy isn’t like many other churches where people can sort of ‘come and go’ if that makes sense. Your Priest is responsible for your soul, basically, and many Priests have accepted people into the Church only to have them leave again. In the Church, this is considered far worse for you than to have never been given the opportunity to become Orthodox. My Catechism has taken *years* and is still going with some gentle prodding on my end and many, many prayers. So hang in there! In time, your Priest will see your dedication.

For those who gossip

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A single good word made the thief pure and holy, despite all his previous crimes, and brought him into paradise (cf. Luke 23:42-43). A single ill-advised word prevented Moses from entering the promised land (cf. Num. 20:12). We should not suppose, then, that garrulity is only a minor disease. Lovers of slander and gossip shut themselves out of the kingdom of heaven.

- St. John of Karpathos