Dormition Fast

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Today marks the first day of the Fast in Rememberance of the Theotokos, the Holy Virgin. The Orthodox Church has four great fasts during the year. The current fast begins today and culminates in the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15. It is a fixed fast, it occurs during the same dates each year, as opposed to Pascha, which is moveable.

During fasting seasons I am asked by close friends or colleagues why I am fasting, since it is not common for our Protestant friends to have structured fasts. We are appointed to fast for four major feasts in the Orthodox Tradition: Great Lent, Advent, Apostles Fast, and Dormition Fast. The first two festal fasting periods last forty days, while the next two are for two weeks. We are currently in preparation for this last feast, the Dormition of the Theotokos (mother of God) –the Church…

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