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Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

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Tue, 01/08/2017 - 12:15 - 23:45
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 1st August 

Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian 

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The Feast of the Dormition [commemorates the “falling asleep” or death of Mary, the mother of Jesus (literally translated as God-bearer), and her bodily resurrection before being taken up into heaven] is preceded by a two-week fast, referred to as the Dormition Fast. 

From August 1 to August 14 (inclusive) Orthodox and Eastern Catholics fast from red meat, poultry, meat products, dairy products (eggs and milk products), fish, oil, and wine.  The Dormition Fast is a stricter fast than either the Nativity Fast (Advent) or the Apostles' Fast, with only wine and oil (but no fish) allowed on weekends.  As with the other Fasts of the Church year, there is a Great Feast that falls during the Fast; in this case, the Transfiguration (August 6), on which fish, wine and oil are allowed. 

In some places, the services on weekdays during the Fast are similar to the services during Great Lent (with some variations).  Many churches and monasteries in the Russian tradition perform the lenten services on at least the first day of the Dormition Fast.  In the Greek tradition, during the Fast either the Paraklesis Great Paraklesis (Supplicatory Canon) or the Small Paraklesis is celebrated every evening except Saturday evening and the Eves of the Transfiguration and the Dormition. 

The first day of the Dormition Fast is a feast day called the Procession of the Cross (August 1), on which day it is customary to have an outdoor procession and perform the Lesser Blessing of Water.  

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