The Nativity Fast Starts Today (Nov 15th)
The Journey to the Winter Pascha (the Nativity of our Lord and Theophany) starts on Nov 15th through to Dec 24th. Nativity closely parallels the Pascha season due to the key connection between the Incarnation and the Cross & Resurrection. One of the first parallels the 40 day fast starting today.
Fasting is about returning to living as if God exists! Fasts in the Old Testament were always a call to for Israel to return to its Covenant with God. This had physical, spiritual and social implications. Fasting from food and espousing a nice appearance was a sign of repentance and return from pleasing ourselves. Also the people were called to intense prayer both personal and corporate. Finally, the people of Israel were called to return to their commitment of living a life where oppression and corruption were removed and the weak (the poor) were looked after. Almsgiving is much more than a few quarters on a street corner, but rather radical hospitality anywhere we see need.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter--
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
As you live out this Nativity Fast, please find a a few suggestions of how to live out the fast:
Schedule is Out for November & Dec
Please find the calendars for November and December attached below.
The highlight of this next week is the Vespers on Wednesday Nov 20st at 7pm and Liturgy at 9am on Nov 21st for the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple. Come join us for this joyous feast.
Please continue to pray for those suffering in our community from illness and loneliness.
It's a great opportunity to reach out to someone you haven't seen in a while!