Orthodox and Fasting

This time of year I get many questions on fasting and the Orthodox Tradition. I try and answer these questions as best I can and remind people that it is not that we adhere to the letter of the law but to the Spirit of the law.

I am reminded time and again that the full fasting laws of the church were designed by monastics for monastics and at some point in history they were adopted by parishes in the whole and I find it very difficult for “regular” people if you will to adhere to the strict fast. I think there is much guilt in people if they cannot follow all of the rules.

Fr. Ted Bobosh has a great post today on the nature of fasting. I would suggest you read and re-read his words as they shed much light on the fast.

Remember it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person but what comes out!

1 Comment

  1. I can only speak for myself but in these words many will read and try you say to Strict fast during lent..many are led to strict fast every monday,wed. and esp friday…
    I thank you for this blog and your words ..God Bless you Fr.

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