nativity fast

Nov. 15 - Dec. 24, 2018

 
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revival

Join Stone to Flesh School of the Heart as we are storming heaven for the Southern California (or whatever location you are in) to receive Emmanuel, God who desires to be with us, Savior of all - Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. As He was born in poverty and hidden form the world, we expect Him to be born in the hidden depths of our hearts but we are set on proclaiming His coming as loud as the angels did, trumpets included. We want to become who we are so everything inside and around us can be revived, the risks we take can be life worthy and we can enter to the territories which only the friends of God can occupy. Our mode of the cry out is threefold:

 Intense, focused, personal and communal.

Intense, focused, personal and communal.

 Intentional, consistent, following Nativity Fast tradition in the Eastern Catholic Church or your own modified version*

Intentional, consistent, following Nativity Fast tradition in the Eastern Catholic Church or your own modified version*

 Almsgiving, giving away money saved from not eating to the poor and needy, distressed and neglected.

Almsgiving, giving away money saved from not eating to the poor and needy, distressed and neglected.

 

Fasting, prayer and almsgiving will provoke our hearts to hunger for personal revival that will spread from each heart into our families, work places, parishes, communities and neighborhoods. 

Fasting should be done after personal discernment, consultation with spiritual director and/or a doctor, in case you have some health issues. 

 
 

fasting

 
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We live in a society whose whole policy is to excite every nerve in the human body and keep it at the highest pitch of artificial tension, to strain every human desire to the limit and to create as many new desires and synthetic passions as possible, in order to cater to them with the products of our factories and printing presses and movie studios and all the rest.
— Thomas Merton
 

As a spiritual discipline, fasting's goal is to reorient our attention, time and resources to the things that matter in the Kingdom of God. Nativity Fast should provide enough food to satisfy the hunger and sustain the body for the glory of God. Therefore, fasting will look different for everyone and each person may modify Nativity Fast according to their discernment. What happens to the body during fast has an impact on your heart which will be tenderized, energized and grow in desire to seek Jesus above all other things. 

nativity fast

We propose Eastern Catholic tradition of fasting before Christmas, called Nativity Fast or Philip's Fast. The period of fasting begins with Vespers on November 15th and ends just before Vespers on Dec 24th, the eve before the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord. The guidelines for the Nativity Fast are more detailed than those for fasts commonly practiced in the Western Churches. The guidelines for the Nativity fast, in most of the Eastern Catholic churches, are as follows:

Nov 15 - Dec. 12

  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays:  Food should not be eaten between meals, and meals themselves should be small in size. It is often customary to eat only one meal a day.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: Food should not be eaten between meals, and meals themselves should be small in size. It is often customary to eat only one meal a day.

  Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays:  • Abstinence from: All Meats, Dairy Products and Eggs – no animal products. • No abstinence from: Shellfish, Grains, Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Olive Oil; Fruit, Wine

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays:
• Abstinence from: All Meats, Dairy Products and Eggs – no animal products.
• No abstinence from: Shellfish, Grains, Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Olive Oil; Fruit, Wine

  Sundays:  No meat, no dairy but fish is allowed.

Sundays: No meat, no dairy but fish is allowed.

 

Dec. 13 - Dec. 24

 
  All days except Sundays:   • Abstinence from: All Meat Products, Dairy Products, Eggs, Fish, Olive Oil, Wine • No abstinence from: Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Fruits and Grains

All days except Sundays:
• Abstinence from: All Meat Products, Dairy Products, Eggs, Fish, Olive Oil, Wine
• No abstinence from: Vegetables & Vegetable Products, Fruits and Grains

 As in weekly days but fish is allowed.

As in weekly days but fish is allowed.

Feasts, holidays, solemnities during The Nativity Fast: (you don’t have to observe fasting on those days but if you are fasting on water or liquid, our advise is not to break it):

Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Day (Holiday in USA)

Nov. 25 - Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Solemnity)

Nov. 30 - St. Andrew’s (Feast)

Dec. 8 - The Immaculate Conception (Solemnity)

Dec. 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast)

 

Fasting should be done after personal discernment, consultation with spiritual director and/or a doctor, in case you have some health issues. 

Can the Nativity Fast be modified? Yes, there are several types of fast. 

1. Water fast: you drink only water throughout the whole fast. 

2. Liquid fast: you drink only water, veggie broth, herbal teas and highly diluted juices. 

3. Daniel fast: as in the Book of Daniel chapter 1, you eat only vegetables, including juicing or as in the Daniel chapter 10, you eat vegetables, fruits, grains. You drink only water and herbal teas. 

4. Abstinence fast: you abstain from certain kinds of foods, like in the Nativity Fast, and you moderate the amount of food you eat. 

 
 Fb Group active throughout fasting seasons

Fb Group active throughout fasting seasons

 Printable sheet with daily prayer focus suggestions

Printable sheet with daily prayer focus suggestions

 General Instructions. For daily LD with Mass readings follow daily calendar.

General Instructions. For daily LD with Mass readings follow daily calendar.