From a Parishioner's Facebook Page (Reader David Hawthorne: (Today) is the beginning of the celebration of the Apostles' Fast. After the celebration of Pentecost, the Apostles began a fast to prepare themselves for taking the Gospel to the whole world. Let us imitate their spiritual struggle so we also may become more fruitful witnesses of Christ to the world!
A little story. When I was considering whether I should come down to Dallas to be the rector of a small community that was holding reader's services, as asked by my bishop. I asked my spiritual father for advice. He told me to say the akathist to Jesus for forty days with fasting. We were near the end of Great Lent. He told me to wait until after Bright week to begin the forty days fast, which my wife and I did. We were to say the akathist every day. and fast. We missed a couple days of the akathist, so the fast was prolonged a few days. Immediately after we finished, the Apostle's fast began! Ahh…
Apostles Fast Fasting Guidelines.
From our weekly newsletter: http://docs.google.com/View?id=d926dxr_26ct6kqwnw
The apostles' fast begins this week, and extends until the feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul on Monday, June 29/July 12th. During this fast, we fast from meat, fish, dairy, eggs, wine and oil, with the following exceptions:
- Fish, wine and oil are allowed on Saturday and Sunday
- Wine and oil are allowed on Tuesday and Thursday
- There are also particular relaxations in honor of certain saints. This week,
- Fish is allowed on Tuesday in honor of St. Dmitry Donskoy
- Wine & oil are allowed on Wednesday in honor of St. Alexis of Moscow
- Fish is allowed on Thursday in honor of Sts. Constantine and Helen