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The Nativity Fast And Orthodox Tradition

Saturday, November 28, 2015

For us, the Nativity Fast serves to refresh the last part of the year - mystically renewing our spiritual unity with God and preparing us for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ.St. Leo the Great wrote: “Four periods [of the year] have been set aside as times of abstinence so that over the course of the year we might recognize that we are constantly in need of purification, and that amid life’s distractions, we should always strive by means of fasting and acts of charity to extirpate sin, sin which is multiplied in our transitory flesh and in our impure desires.” According to St. Leo the Great, the Nativity Fast is a sacrifice to God [in return for] the gathered harvest. Read more...

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