FEAST and FASTING

CALENDAR

for September 2017











 1 FR  Ecclesiastical New Year — Fried Shrimp Day

 2 SA  Sts. Anthony and Theodosius of the Kiev Caves — No Fasting



 3 SU  Hieromartyr Anthimus and St. Theotictus — No Fasting

 4 MO  Holy Prophet and Godseer Moses — No Fasting

 5 TU  Holy Prophet Zachariah and Righteous Elizabeth — Ordinary Day


 6 WE  Commemoration of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Colossae — Boiled Shrimp Day

 7 TH  Forefeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos — No Fasting

 8 FR  Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos — Fish Day

 9 SA  Holy and Righteous Grandparents of God, Joachim and Anna — No Fasting



10 SU  Afterfeast of the Nativity of the Theotokos; Sunday Before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross — No Fasting

11 MO  St. Theodora of Alexandria — No Fasting

12 TU  Leavetaking of the Nativity of the Theotokos — No Fasting


13 WE  Forefeast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross — Fried Shrimp Day


14 TH  Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross — Modified Strict Fast Day

15 FR  Uncovering of the Relics of the Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen — Boiled Shrimp Day



16 SA  Holy Great Martyr Euphemia the All-praised — No Fasting

17 SU  Afterfeast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; Holy Martyr Sophia and her three daughters: Faith, Hope, and Love — No Fasting

18 MO  Holy Martyrs Sophia and Irene of Egypt — No Fasting

19 TU  St. Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury — Ordinary Day

20 WE  Holy Martyr and Confessor Michael and his councilor, Theodore, Wonderworkers of Chernigov — Boiled Shrimp Day

21 TH  Leavetaking of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross — No Fasting


22 FR  Holy Prophet Jonah — Boiled Shrimp Day

23 SA  Conception of St. John the Baptist — No Fasting

24 SU  Holy Protomartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles Thecla; Holy New Martyrs of Alaska, Hieromonk Juvenaly and Peter the Aleut — No Fasting

25 MO  St. Sergius of Radonezh — No Fasting


26 TU  Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian — No Fasting

27 WE  Holy Apostles Mark, Aristarchus,and Zenas of the Seventy — Boiled Shrimp Day

28 TH  Holy Prophet Baruch; St. Chariton the Confessor, Abbot of Palestine — No Fasting

29 FR  St. Cyriacus the Hermit of Palestine — Boiled Shrimp Day

30 SA  Holy Martyrs Rhipsime, Gaiana, and 35 Holy Virgins with them, of Armenia — No Fasting










CALENDAR KEY



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.









St. Jacob Netsvetov


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