Today, November 28, Orthodox Christians begins one of the most important post â€“ Christmas. It will last 40 days and will end on January 7 â€“ the feast of the Nativity.
The main idea of the winter fasting is not just to abstain from non-Lenten food, but it should help you spiritually cleanse and prepare for the celebration of the arrival of the son of God in our world. Therefore, special attention is paid to it in repentance and prayer.
“Advent is installed in order for the Christians, purified themselves by sincere repentance, sincere prayer, abstinence from food, with a pure heart could reverently to meet born into the world the son of God and our change for the better and desire to follow His teachings were the gift and sacrifice we can give to the day of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ,” – said in an interview, “Orthodox life,” Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary.
According to him, without prayer is not fasting and a regular diet. Believers must avoid the appearance of passions and vices, eradicating evil thoughts, to forgive offenses.
“If our plans of Christ, they will not change our life, our soul. With the same success it is possible to use fasting for weight loss and diets that some do. Post intended for someone else. It gives us an opportunity to catch up good deeds that the heart has become softer, kinder, brighter,” – says the Metropolitan.
It should be noted that in comparison with lent or the Christmas fast of the assumption is not very strict, however, in this period the Church also conducts weddings and baptism.
What not to eat during advent
According to the rules of abstinence advent close to Petrov post. According to Church regulations, all the days of fasting excludes meat and dairy products, and eggs.
However, there are a number of features. So, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in advent are not allowed to eat fish and hot food with vegetable oil can be taken only after Vespers. In the remaining days (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) are allowed hot food with vegetable oil.
The fish can also be eaten on Saturdays and Sundays and Church holidays if they fall on a Tuesday and Thursday.
On Christmas Eve the rules are changing again: you can’t eat until the first star, and after its occurrence allowed to eat Christmas pudding.
In addition to the exceptions to their menu of products of animal origin, every fasting person should reduce the amount of food consumed by half, to completely abandon stimulating drinks (coffee, strong tea, alcohol).
It is recommended that in the Christmas post
Thus, the menu of the Nativity fast falls the bread and its derivatives (e.g., crackers), and whole grains, vegetables, fruits, mushrooms.
Allowed legumes, nuts, seeds. Sweet can sugar and honey.
With regard to protein and fatty foods, as mentioned, some days you can eat fish, seafood, oil.
At the same time, if a person is sick, engaged in heavy physical labor, is elderly or is travelling, he is allowed to weaken the post.
Is exempt from fasting pregnant women and young children.