for February 2018

 1 TH  Forefeast of the Meeting of the Lord; St. Brigid of Kildare — No Fasting

 2 FR  Feast of the Meeting of the Lord in the Temple — No Fasting

 3 SA  Synaxis of Sts. Simeon and Anna — No Fasting

 4 SU  Sunday of the Prodigal Son — No Fasting

 5 MO  St. Agatha of Palermo in Sicily — No Fasting

 6 TU  St. Bucolus, Bishop of Smyrna — No Fasting

 7 WE  The 1003 Martyrs of Nicomedia — Cheese Day

 8 TH  Holy Great Martyr Theodore Stratelates — No Fasting

 9 FR  Leavetaking of the Meeting; Holy Martyr Nicephorus of Antioch in Syria — Cheese Day

10 SA  Memorial Saturday — No Fasting

11 SU  Meatfare Sunday — No Fasting

12 MO  St. Kristo the Gardener — Cheese Day

13 TU  Sts. Zoe and Photinia — Cheese Day

14 WE  St. Abraham, Bishop of Charres in Mesopotamia — Cheese Day

15 TH  Holy Apostle of the Seventy Onesimus — Cheese Day

16 FR  St. Nikolai, Equal-to-the-Apostles, Archbishop of Japan — Cheese Day

17 SA  St. Mariamne, sister of the Apostle Philip — Cheese Day

18 SU  Cheesefare Sunday — Cheese Day

19 MO  Clean Monday; Holy Apostles of the Seventy Archippus and Philemon; Holy Martyr Apphia — Boiled Shrimp Day

20 TU  St. Agathon, Pope of Rome — Fried Shrimp Day

21 WE  St. Eustathius, Archbishop of Antioch — Boiled Shrimp Day

22 TH  Sts. Thalassius, Limnaeus, and Baradates, Hermits of Syria — Fried Shrimp Day

23 FR  Holy Hieromartyr Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna — Boiled Shrimp Day

24 SA  St. Theodore the Recruit; First and Second Findings of the Head of St. John the Baptist — Fried Shrimp Day

25 SU  Sunday of Orthodoxy — Fried Shrimp Day

26 MO  St. Porphyrius, Bishop of Gaza — Boiled Shrimp Day

27 TU  St. Raphael, Bishop of Brooklyn — Fried Shrimp Day

28 WE  Sts. Marina, Cyra, and Domnica of Syria — Boiled Shrimp 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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