Since today Orthodox Christians have Christmas fast. It will last 40 days – up to the very holiday of the Nativity of Christ, marked on January 7, according to Gregorian, or on December 25, according to Julian calendar.
This fast is also called the Advent fast (Philip’s fast) as its eve coincides with day of memory of Apostle Philip.
The last fast in a year is considered one of the strict orthodox fasts. According to church regulations, Christians refrain from meat, milk products during the fast. Fish is permitted on Saturday and Sunday and on days of church holidays.
As it is known, the main objective of the fast is not to refrain from some products but is spiritual self-absorption, inner analyze of own weakness and seeking for ways of their overcoming. True fast is deliverance from evil, anger, slander, lie and perjury.
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