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Fasting Resource Page

Gluttony, Vatopaidi Monastery

Orthodox Fasting

The Orthodox Truth About Asceticism

Fasting According to the Church Fathers

St. Basil the Great's Homily On Fasting (1 of 3)

St. Basil the Great's Homily On Fasting (2 of 3)

St. Basil the Great's Homily On Fasting (3 of 3)

Homily to Encourage Fasting (St. Gregory Palamas)

Fasting as a Tool of Perfection

St. John of Kronstadt on Fasting

St. Nikolai Velimirovich on Fasting

Saint Porphyrios on the Ascetic Exercise of Fasting

Gerondissa Gavrilia On Fasting

Elder Iakovos Tsalikis: "Fasting is a Commandment of God"

Fasting as an Ecclesiastical Notion

A Church Where the Theotokos Confirms the Practice of Fasting

Elder Timothy Tzannis: On Temperance

Fr. Alexander Men: On Keeping the Orthodox Fasts

Dialogue With an Athonite Elder on Fasting

The Power of Prayer and Fasting

Healing By Prayer and Fasting

Fasting Is Great, But Love Is Greater

Who Should Commune?

To Forgive Is More Admirable Than To Fast

We Ought Not Care More For the Body Than the Soul

Scandalizing By Fasting?

Various Views on Fasting

Should A Child Fast?

A Church Where the Theotokos Confirms the Practice of Fasting

Pouqueville on Greek Fasting Practices in 1798

A Confrontation Between Eugenios Voulgaris and Voltaire


Fasting and the Saints

The Lengthy Fasts of the True and False Saints

The Childhood Fasting of Hosios Loukas

Saints Anthony, John, and Eustathius of Lithuania


General Fasting Rules and Practices

Q & A: Fasting Rules Regarding "No Wine And Oil" Days

Why We Fast From Olive Oil and Not From Olives

Elder Epiphanios Faces Challenging Fasting Questions


Father, Why Don't We Eat Meat During Fasts?


Wednesday and Friday Fasting

The Benefits of Fasting On Wednesdays and Fridays


Day of the Cross Fast (September 14th)

Why Do We Fast on September 14th?

Pontian Customs for the Day of the Cross


The Nativity Fast (November 15-24th)

The Nativity Fast

Why the Nativity Fast Has Been Established

The Nativity Fast and Orthodox Tradition

Reflections On The Nativity Fast

Christmas With Papa Tychon


Theophany Eve Fast (January 5th)

The Theophany Eve Fast on January 5th

Clarifications and Guidelines for the Observation of Theophany


The Great Fast of Lent (in preparation for Pascha)

Advice for Healthy Fasting During Great Lent

Great Lent: A Time of Hunger and Temptation

Why Only No Meat During Cheesefare Week?

Great Lent Imitates the Fast of Christ

Why Jesus Fasted After His Baptism

The Holy Forty Day Fast

St. Dorotheos of Gaza: On the Holy Lenten Fast

Sex and Great Lent

Clean Monday and the First Week of Great Lent

Clean Monday and It's Traditional Observance

How A Cypriot Village Kept the Blessed Three Day Fast

Clean Week in the Monasteries of the Holy Land

Elder Paisios and the Boiled Milk During Lent

Homily for the First Saturday of Great Lent (St. Symeon the New Theologian)

Metropolitan George of Paphos Interviewed Concerning the Fast of Great Lent

Why Lent Must Rise Again

"You Feed on Men's Flesh and Blood"

St. Theodore the Studite: On Fasting and Dispassion

Concerning the Christians Who Were Massacred in Bulgaria During the Holy Lent, On Account of Meat-eating

Saint Patrick and the Flesh-Meat that Changed into Fishes

Connecticut Diner Observes Orthodox Lent

On our Accomplishing the Days of the Fast Gently and Readily in the Hope of Life Without End

The Man of God From Judah

St. Gregory Palamas on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Fasting Rules For Annunciation and Palm Sunday

Lent in Narnia

Your Brain During the Great Fast

A Lenten Lesson


The Apostle's Fast (Second Monday after Pentecost till June 29th)

A History of the Apostle's Fast

The Fast of the Holy Apostles and the New Calendar

Venerable Macarius' Miracle of the Moose


The Dormition Fast (August 1-15th)

Saint John the New Martyr of Monemvasia


The Beheading of St. John the Forerunner (August 29th)

Orthodox Customs to Honor the Beheading of St. John the Forerunner


Fasting and Science

Fasting and Science

Advice for Healthy Fasting During Great Lent

"Fasting Works Miracles"

Greek Orthodox Fasting Cleanses Body and Soul

The Health Benefits of Fasting

Does Intermittent Fasting Have Benefits? Science Suggests Yes

If You Want To Avoid Cancer, Live Like A Monk

Vegetative Cures for Cancer

Fasting Reduces Bad Cholesterol

Study Finds A Three-Day Fast Regenerates the Entire Immune System

Health Benefits of Fasting Seen in Dolphins

Study Says Fasting May Help Protect Brain

Effects of Orthodox Christian Fasting on Serum Lipids and Obesity

Fasting for Lent Forces Hyenas to Change Diet

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