Fasting Seasons and Days

Paschal Cycle:

1. Meatfast the week before the beginning of Great Lent

2. Great Lent and Holy Week

Yearly Cycle:

1. Nativity (St. Philip’s) Fast Nov. 15 through Dec. 24

2. Apostles’ (Peter and Paul) Fast from the Monday after All Saints Sunday through June 28

3. Dormition (Theotokos) Fast Aug. 1 through Aug. 14

Fast Days:

1. The Wednesdays and Fridays of the Year, except for Fast-free Weeks

2. The Eve of Theophany Jan. 5

3. The Beheading of St. John the Baptist Aug. 29

4. The Elevation of the Cross Sept. 14

Fast-free Weeks:

1. Afterfeast of the Nativity of Christ to Theophany Eve Dec. 25 through Jan. 4

2. The week following the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

3. Bright Week the week after Pascha

4. Trinity Week the week after Pentecost, concluding with All Saints Sunday