for June 2017

 1 TH  St. Justin the Martyr — No Fasting

 2 FR  Leavetaking of the Ascension — Fried Shrimp Day

 3 SA  Saturday of the Holy Forefathers of Christ; Soul Saturday — No Fasting

 4 SU  Pentecost — No Fasting

 5 MO  Day of the Holy Spirit — No Fasting

 6 TU  Third Day of the Trinity — No Fasting

 7 WE  Trinity Wednesday — No Fasting

 8 TH  Trinity Thursday — No Fasting

 9 FR  Trinity Friday — No Fasting

10 SA  Leavetaking of Pentecost — No Fasting

11 SU  Sunday of All Saints — No Fasting

12 MO  Apostles' Fast Begins; St. Onuphrius the Great — Boiled Shrimp Day

13 TU  Holy Martyr Antonina of Nicea — Fried Shrimp Day

14 WE  Holy Prophet Elisha — Boiled Shrimp Day

15 TH  Holy Prophet Amos — Fried Shrimp Day

16 FR  St. Tikhon of Lukhovsk — Boiled Shrimp Day

17 SA  Holy Martyrs Manuel, Sabel, and Ismael of Persia — Fish Day

18 SU  Sunday of All Saints of North America — Fish Day

19 MO  Holy Apostle Jude, the brother of the Lord — Fish Day

20 TU  St. Callistus, Patriarch of Constantinople — Fried Shrimp Day

21 WE  Holy Martyr Julian of Tarsus in Cilicia — Boiled Shrimp Day

22 TH  Holy Hieromartyr Nicetas of Remesiana — Fried Shrimp Day

23 FR  Holy Martyr Agrippina of Rome — Boiled Shrimp Day

24 SA  Nativity of St. John the Baptist — Fish Day

25 SU  Holy Virgin Martyr Febronia of Nisibis — Fish Day

26 MO  St. David of Thessalonica — Boiled Shrimp Day

27 TU  St. Joanna the Myrrhbearer — Fried Shrimp Day

28 WE  St. Paul, the Physician of Corinth — Boiled Shrimp Day

29 TH  Holy Apostles Peter and Paul — No Fasting

30 FR  Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles — Fish Day


Ordinary Days — We may eat anything that we want. Neither fasting nor feasting is prohibited.

Cheese Days — We may have dairy products, eggs, fish, fish eggs, shellfish, wine, oil, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grains.

Fish Days — We may eat fish, fish eggs, shellfish, wine, oil, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grains.

Roe Days — We may eat fish eggs, shellfish, wine, oil, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grains.

Fried Shrimp Days — We may have wine, oil, shellfish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. Since we can fry our shellfish in oil, these days are fried shrimp days.

Boiled Shrimp Days — We may have shellfish, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grains. Since we are not supposed to use oil when cooking, these days are boiled shrimp days.

Modified Strict Fast Days — We may eat wine, oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains.

Strict Fast Days — We may eat dried fruits and vegetables, nuts, and grains.

   Before we take communion, we keep a total fast. The rule in our diocese is nothing after midnight.
  There are, of course, some common sense exceptions to the fasting rules. People who must take medications are allowed to take them before receiving communion. Women who are pregnant are not required to fast. Babies are not required to fast. The sick and elderly also are not required to fast. Small children are not expected to fast like adults.
  Unlike the days on our liturgical calendar which run from sunset to sunset, the days on our fasting calendar go from midnight to midnight.
  The Church Canons prohibit fasting on Saturdays and Sundays except during Lent or if one is preparing to receive Communion. In the Didache it says that we should fast on Wednesdays and Fridays, but not on Mondays and Thursdays. The Didache is a short compendium of Apostolic tradition and is held in high esteem by the Church.

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