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July 27, 2013

HOLY DORMITION FAST, August 1 - 14

The proclamation of the good news and furtherance of Gospel of peace can only be accomplished with prayer and fasting. The New Testament mentions the practice of fasting many times. The Church calls its faithful to observe a period of fasting prior to the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos - one of the four great fasts that are part of the Church year, the others being the Nativity Fast, the Great Lent Fast and the Apostles Fast. This fast is commonly called "Theotokos Fast" or the "Dormition Fast. For those on the new calendar (Gregorian), this fast begins on the Feast of the Procession of the Holy Cross (1 August) and ends on for the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (15 August). For those on the old calendar (Julian), this fast begins on August 14 and ends on August 28.

The Dormition Fast is short, but is stricter than all the other fasting periods except Great Lent. One should abstain on all days from the usual non-lenten foods, such as all animal products (meat, poultry, milk, cheese, etc.) and olive oil and wine. In addition, we also abstain from fish on all days of the fast, including weekends, except for the feast of the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord (August 6), whenabstention is easedby allowing fish, wine and olive oil. On the two weekends which fall during the fast (Saturday and Sunday), the rule is also relaxed a bit, andwe may have wine and olive oil.

By fasting we observe a time-honored Apostolic practice.We can also unite our lives more closely to the Mother of God through the Dormition Fast. By fasting, we can join in and show our appreciation for the sacrifices of the Theotokos. She indeed sacrificed much to give birth to Holy God the Son within the Holy Trinity - Our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to raise Him, and to be with Him during His ministry, His crucifixion, and His resurrection.

Dedicate your prayer and fasting to the furtherance of love & compassion, &

the eradication of prejudice, fear and hatred

against all people worldwide

in the name of religion.

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