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.