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Apostles' Fast

(Second Monday after Pentecost through June 28)
The Apostles' Fast is a fast that was undertaken by the disciples of Jesus Christ following the Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Having rejoiced for fifty days following Pascha, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the apostles began to prepare for their departure from Jerusalem to spread Christ's message. As part of their preparation, they began a fast with prayer to ask God to strengthen their resolve and to be with them in their missionary undertakings. The Apostles' Fast is not as strict as Great Lent or the Dormition Fast, but entails abstaining from red meat, poultry, meat products, eggs, and dairy products, fish, wine and oil. Fish is allowed on Saturdays and Sundays, and wine and oil are allowed on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Orthros (RTF)  (PDF)

Liturgy Variables (RTF)  (PDF)

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Orthros - Bilingual (RTF)  (PDF)

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Nativity of the Forerunner and Baptist John (June 24)

We who eagerly honor thee are unable to extol thee as is meet to do, O Prophet John, Forerunner of the presence of Christ; for by thy noble and solemn nativity the barrenness of thy mother was undone, and the tongue of thy father was loosened, and to the world was proclaimed the Incarnation of the Son of God. (Apolytikion in Tone 4)

Saints of the Day

Martyrs Leontios, Hypatios and Theodoulos of Tripoli in Syria; Venerable Leontios the Hagiorite of Dionysiou monastery on Athos

 
Thought for the Day

If one becomes used to fleeing or escaping sorrows, or goes from place to place, or chooses only a particular time to begin to labor and to struggle, such a one – all the days of his life – will not find a place and a time for receiving benefit. -...




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