the dormition fast

August 1-14, 2018

 
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    In light of all of the church abuse and scandals being brought to light in the last weeks, we are calling all to join us in the last three days of the Dormition Fast ( stonetoflesh.org/the-dormition-fast ) to intensify their fasting, prayer and alms.  We are calling all who love Jesus and want to groan in the Spirit for the sake of all abused and the offenders to fast on water and to enter into three days of mourning, intercession, repentance and prophetic proclamation of revival (becoming who we are created to be). Consecrate yourself to the Lord, cry for purification and grace that will enable us all to be united in holy righteous anger releasing grace to conquer sin (starting with our own), desire to see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven and seeing the children of God being freed from the bondage of false religion.  Joel 2: “Yet even now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Who knows whether he will not turn and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God?  Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people.Sanctify the congregation; assemble the elders, gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.  Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare thy people, O Lord, and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

 

In light of all of the church abuse and scandals being brought to light in the last weeks, we are calling all to join us in the last three days of the Dormition Fast (stonetoflesh.org/the-dormition-fast) to intensify their fasting, prayer and alms. 
We are calling all who love Jesus and want to groan in the Spirit for the sake of all abused and the offenders to fast on water and to enter into three days of mourning, intercession, repentance and prophetic proclamation of revival (becoming who we are created to be). Consecrate yourself to the Lord, cry for purification and grace that will enable us all to be united in holy righteous anger releasing grace to conquer sin (starting with our own), desire to see His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven and seeing the children of God being freed from the bondage of false religion.

Joel 2: “Yet even now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repents of evil. Who knows whether he will not turn and repent, and leave a blessing behind him, a cereal offering and a drink offering for the Lord, your God?

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sanctify a fast; call a solemn assembly; gather the people.Sanctify the congregation; assemble the elders, gather the children, even nursing infants. Let the bridegroom leave his room, and the bride her chamber.

Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare thy people, O Lord, and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword among the nations. Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”

 

The dormition Fast focuses on the process of sanctification and our eternal hope. 

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
— 2 Cor, 3:17-18

We bring the kingdom of heaven on earth by our total and radical agreement with the promises of the Father of which Jesus is the fulfillment. It starts when we say YES and release the Holy Spirit given to us by following His promptings. Whether in times of prosperity or lack, health or sickness, breakthrough or stillness, we want to be awakened to the movements of the Spirit on our hearts and start living in a reality where heaven touches earth, starting with our inner man. 

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According to the early Christian tradition, the Dormition Fast was celebrated since 4th century. It cherishes Theotokos (God-bearer, Mary), an example of an earthly life centered on Christ and being taken to the Trinitarian presence at the end of her life. One of the celebrated traditions during this fast included processions with the relics of the Holy Cross where many healings and miracles took place among those who came to touch it. The fast ends with the Feast of Dormition (Eastern tradition) known also as the 'second Pascha" and as the Feast of the Assumption (western Tradition). 

Pray for revival, renewal, clarity and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in our lives, our families, churches and cities. 

Early Christians practiced four fasts yearly: Nativity, Lent, Apostles and Dormition. Today, mostly Eastern Christians (Orthodox, Eastern rite Catholics, Antiochian, Copts) still observe all four. The Dormition Fast always starts on Aug. 1st and lasts till Aug 14th. On Aug 15th we celebrate the Feast of Dormition (Assumption). 

He, indeed, assumed humanity that we might become God. He manifested Himself by means of a body in order that we might perceive the Mind of the unseen Father. He endured shame from men that we might inherit immortality.
— St. Athanasius of Alexandria (296-373 AD)
 

PRAYER

Pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in aligning your life with the purpose of God. 

Pray for the sanctifying gifts of the Spirit to bring you to the revelation of who you are in Christ. 

Pray to see the invisible motions of the Mover, hear the silent voice of the Speaker, move in the rhythm of the Sacred Heart. 

Spiritual reading and lectio divina

Follow daily Mass readings. 

Join our MajorChange Fasting Fb Group for support, reflections, prayer requests, recipes and more. 

CHARITY AND ALMSGIVING

Pray for the way in which you may give sacrificially during the Dormition Fast. Give your time, energy or money. Give yourself to others in need. 

P.S. Consider giving to Stone to Flesh Community for its apostolic mission. 

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FASTING

The guidelines of the fast:

MONDAY - FRIDAY: abstain from eating meat, dairy, fish, oil, wine and its products. 

MON & WED & FRI: eat only uncooked meals with restrictions as above

SAT - SUN: you may have wine and oil but keep other restriction

August 6 - FEAST of Transfiguration: Fish, wine and oil are permitted.  

 

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

Can the Dormition 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 Dormition Fast, and you moderate the amount of food you eat. 

 
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If Mary is believed to be assumed into heaven, it is because we too are one day, by the grace of God, to dwell where she is. If human nature is glorified in her, it is because God desires it to be glorified in us too, and it is for this reason that His Son, taking flesh, came into the world.

In all the great mystery of Mary, then, one thing remains most clear: that of herself she is nothing, and that God has for our sakes delighted to manifest His glory and His love in her.
— Thomas Merton
 
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August 15

The Feast of Dormition (Assumption of Mary) is full of herbs and flowers bouquets. Decorate your church or home, send us photos and we will post it on our social media!