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Services this week:
6/18: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
6/21: Paraklesis 7pm
6/25: Orthros 9am/Divine Liturgy 10am
For additional reminders, visit the weekly bulletin page.
No Bible Study this Tuesday, June 20.
Greek Festivals Guide for 2017 has been published by Holy Trinity.
Orthodox Tidbits Holy Apostle's Fast
The fast of the holy Apostles is very ancient, dating back to the first centuries of Christianity. We have
the testimony of St. Athanasius the Great, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Leo the Great and Theodoret of
Cyrrhus regarding it.
The oldest testimony regarding the Apostles Fast is given to us by St. Athanasius
the Great (†373). In his letter to Emperor Constance, in speaking of the persecution by the Arians, he
writes: "During the week following Pentecost, the people who observed the fast went out to the cemetery
to pray." "The Lord so ordained it," says St. Ambrose (†397), "that as we have participated in his
sufferings during the Forty Days, so we should also rejoice in his Resurrection during the season of
Pentecost. We do not fast during the season of Pentecost, since our Lord Himself was present amongst us
during those days Christ's presence was like nourishing food for the Christians. So too, during
Pentecost, we feed on the Lord who is present among us.
On the days following his ascension into heaven,
however, we again fast" (Sermon 61). St. Ambrose basis this practice on the words of Jesus concerning
his disciples in the Gospel of Matthew 9:14, 15: "Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridgeroom
is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast."
Continued: Fast of the Apostles
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