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Why Do Orthodox Christians Fast 40 Days During Great Lent?

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Why Do Orthodox Christians Fast 40 Days During Great Lent?

Watch Father Tom Zaferes and Father Nebojsa Pantic from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland, California explain the importance of fasting during Great Lent.

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From the Desert Fathers’ Wisdom: on Fasting

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From the Desert Fathers’ Wisdom: on Fasting

1. A certain demoniac once went to Sketis. He was not cured, however, even though he spent a long time there, since the Fathers declined, out of extreme humility, to heal him. But one of the Elders, taking pity on him, made the sign of the Cross over the demoniac and at once the man […]

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Saint Dorotheos of Gaza: On the Holy Lenten Fast

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Saint Dorotheos of Gaza: On the Holy Lenten Fast

In the Law, God laid down that the sons of Israel should each year give tithes of all they possessed, and if they did so they were blessed in all their works. The holy Apostles, knowing this to be for the help and advancement of our souls, resolved to fulfil it in a better and […]

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Saint Isaac the Syrian on Fasting

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Saint Isaac the Syrian on Fasting

The man who during his whole life loves the conversation of this yoke-mate fasting is a friend of chastity. Just as the satisfaction of the belly is the source of all evils, and as the slackness of sleep kindles tbe lust of fornication, so fasting, vigil, and wakefulness in God’s service by withstanding the sweetness […]

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A Guide to the Season of the Triodion

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A Guide to the Season of the Triodion

There is more to Lent than fasting, and there is more to fasting than food. This principle lies at the heart of the Lenten Triodion, the main hymnbook of Orthodox Lent.

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The “Slogan” of Great Lent

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The “Slogan” of Great Lent

The first thing the Apostle points out is that we ought to accept that we often fall under the spell of darkness, namely of sin, and therefore our deeds are sinful. Indeed there is no man, particularly no Christian, who does not readily confess in a general and vague manner, that he is a sinner.

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Great Lent, the Welcome Time

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Great Lent, the Welcome Time

Time has always had a special significance for people, but from a Christian point of view it has acquired incomparably greater value. Time is now sacred. It’s been sanctified, because our Lord entered it through His incarnation and lived within it as God and Human. Christ’s coming into the world makes it clear that the “fullness of time has come” (Gal. 4, 4), that “the time has been fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark, 1, 5).

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The Sunday of Orthodoxy by Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol

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The Sunday of Orthodoxy by Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol

On the first Sunday of Lent, we celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy, that is to say the feast of the restitution of the holy icons, as the Church once again, by the grace of God, vanquished the heresy of the iconoclasts and preserved with exactitude the faith and the tradition of the Holy Fathers of […]

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Great Lent in Byzantium

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Great Lent in Byzantium

According to the witness of St. John Chrysostom, some people during his time were content with only bread and water during the entire Holy Forty Day Fast, and “on other hand, although the fast was coming there were those who tried a thousand times to get him to drink wine or to eat something not […]

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Catechesis for 1st Week in Great Lent by Saint Theodore the Studite

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Catechesis for 1st Week in Great Lent by Saint Theodore the Studite

Brethren and fathers, the season of Lent, when compared to the whole year, may be likened to a storm-free harbour, in which all who are sailing together enjoy a spiritual calm. For the present season is one of salvation not for monks and nuns only, but also for lay people, for great and small, for rulers and ruled, for emperors and priests, for every race and for every age. For cities and villages reduce their hubbub and bustle, while psalmody and hymns, prayers and entreaties take their place, by which our good God is propitiated and so guides our spirits to peace and pardons our offenses, if, with a sincere heart, we will only fall down before him with fear and trembling and weep before him, promising improvement for the future.

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