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We are now in the Natvity Fast, or Advent, this 40-day season of preparation for the Feast of the our Lord's Birth at Christmas (Dec. 25). In the Orthodox practice, the Fast consists of two important and complementary aspects: 1) abstaining from the objects of our sinful desires and passions, and 2) exercising ourselves in the virtues of Christ. Not only do we abstain form certain foods - meats and fish; milk, cheese, eggs, and dairy products; alcoholic drinks; olive oil (in other words, fatty or luxurious foods) - but we consciously try to avoid other sensual attachments, e.g., overindulgence with social media and pointless entertainments. Fasting is about self-control so as not to misuse and become obsessed with bodily, worldly cares. Thus we also concentrate on those things which draw us closer to God: services of the Church, reading of Scripture and the Fathers of the Church, prayer, and acts of mercy and love for our neighbor.
During the Nativity Fast, we have some very powerful examples of this joyous life of devotion to God. We have the Virgin Mary herself who entered the Temple as a three-year old girl where she matured and awaited the time of her calling to be the Mother of God (Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos, Nov. 21). We have the beloved Saint Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, a true shepherd of the flock of God, wonderworker, and intercessor before Christ our God (Dec. 6). We have St. Herman of Alaska (Dec. 13), the humble monk who quietly labored in teaching the Gospel and loving all with whom he came into contact; the native Aleuts referred to St. Herman as Apa, that is, grandfather. When we fast and seek the virtuous life, we participate with these saints (who shine with the Holy Spirit!) in the life of Christ Jesus who was born of the Virgin not only to save us from our sins, but to restore us to the eternal Kingdom of God for which we were created and redeemed. Glory to Jesus Christ!
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