for July 2017

 1 SA  Holy Martyrs Cosmas and Damian of Rome — No Fasting

 2 SU  Placing of the Honorable Robe of the Theotokos at Blachernae; St. John Maximovitch — No Fasting

 3 MO  Holy Martys Mocius and Mark — No Fasting

 4 TU  St. Andrew, Archbishop of Crete — Ordinary Day

 5 WE  St. Athanasius, Founder of the Great Lavra and Coenobitic Monasticism on Mount Athos — Boiled Shrimp Day

 6 TH  St. Sisoes the Great — No Fasting

 7 FR  St. Thomas of Mount Maleon — Boiled Shrimp Day

 8 SA  Holy Great Martyr Procopius of Caesarea in Palestine — No Fasting

 9 SU  St. Theodore, Bishop of Edessa — No Fasting

10 MO  St. Anthony of the Kiev Caves, Founder of Monasticism in Russia — No Fasting

11 TU  Blessed Olga, Princess of Russia — Ordinary Day

12 WE  Holy Martyrs Proclus and Hilary of Ancyra — Boiled Shrimp Day

13 TH  Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel — No Fasting

14 FR  Holy Apostle Aquila of the Seventy — Boiled Shrimp Day

15 SA  St.Vladimir, Equal to the Apostles, Enlightener of the Russian Land — No Fasting

16 SU  Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Councils — No Fasting

17 MO  Holy Great Martyr Marina of Antioch in Pisidia — No Fasting

18 TU  Holy Nun Martyrs Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Barbara — Ordinary Day

19 WE  St. Macrina, sister of St. Basil the Great — Boiled Shrimp Day

20 TH  Holy Prophet Elijah — No Fasting

21 FR  Holy Prophet Ezekiel — Boiled Shrimp Day

22 SA  Saint Mary Magdalene — No Fasting

23 SU  Holy Martyrs Trophimus, Theophilus, and 13 others in Lycia — No Fasting

24 MO  Holy Martyrs and Passionbearers Boris and Gleb; Holy Martyr Christina of Tyre — No Fasting

25 TU  The Dormition of Righteous Anna, mother of the Most Holy Theotokos — Ordinary Day

26 WE  St. Jacob Netsvetov, Enlightener of the Peoples of Alaska — Boiled Shrimp Day

27 TH  Holy Great Martyr and Healer Pantaleimon — No Fasting

28 FR  Holy Apostles of the Seventy and Deacons Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, and Parmenas — Boiled Shrimp Day

29 SA  Holy Virgin Martyr Seraphima of Antioch — No Fasting

30 SU  holy Apostles Silas and Silvanus of the Seventy and those with them: Crescens, Epenetus, and Andronicus — No Fasting

31 MO  Forefeast of the Procession of the Honorable and Lifegiving Cross — No Fasting


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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