Wait, what - we’re fasting again?! Yep. This time we’re on the Apostles’ Fast, one of the earliest fasts of the Church, originally to officially close out the time of celebration following the Feast of Pentecost but now tied to the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (for which we will someday require a set of orange vestments - worn on this day only). Fortunately this fast is not nearly as strict as the Great Lent, and wine and oil are allowed on all days except Wednesday and Friday (as opposed to the Lenten rule of only on Saturday and Sunday), and with fish permitted on Saturdays and Sundays. The length of the fast varies because the date of All Saints and its connection to Pentecost. As with any fast in the Church, the strictness and length are less important than maintaining humility and finding love between ourselves as did Sts. Peter and Paul. See Fr. Iggy for questions regarding your personal fasting practice and/or for health exceptions that need to be made.
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