the way to a man’s heart, and…Nativity Fast began today!

So, last weekend Mumra and I went to Marshall to visit my grandparents. Downtown, there are at least three antique stores – I HEART antiques! And I really like old books, and especially old cookbooks. And I really especially like old cookbooks that claim to be able to tell a woman….

Unfortunately, I will have to wait until after the Nativity Fast to see if it works, because all I found inside was this:

Well anyway, the book itself is real.

But seriously, for Orthodox Christians, the Nativity Fast began today. This fast is a little different because it comes at a time of the joyful anticipation of the birth of Christ. The fasting rule may seem a bit more complex, but it’s only because the beginning of the fast is less strict (due to the previously mentioned joyfulness of the season).

For those who might like to know, the general guidelines are as follows:

November 15 through December 19:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday: We abstain from all meat, fish, eggs, dairy, oil & wine.
Tuesday & Thursday: Same as above, but oil and wine are permitted.
Saturday & Sunday: Oil, wine & fish are permitted.

December 20 through December 24:
Monday – Friday: We abstain from all meat, fish, eggs, dairy, oil & wine.
Saturday & Sunday: Same as above, but oil and wine are permitted.

The fast is broken after the Christmas Divine Liturgy has been celebrated.

And lucky for you, this little blog is full of Lenten recipes. I even have a handful of oil free recipes, you’ll find them by clicking the Oil Free (Strict Fasting Days) category in the menu on the right.

Wishing you a blessed fast!

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