Special events this week:
· Sat. Feb. 14th 10-2 pm Church School Pre-Lenten day for dads & kids at church
ALSO Sat. Feb. 14th 11:30
am Women’s Pre-Lenten cooking day at Eileen M’s house 21638 Murray’s Cres.
· This is a regular week with fasting Wed. and Friday—FINAL MEAT DAY next Sunday Feb. 15th
2015 LENTEN FASTING RULES
Fast- Free Week Feb. 1-8th
Meatfare Week Feb. 9- 15th – regular Wed. & Fri. fast.
LAST meat Sun. Feb. 15th
CHEESEFARE WEEK Feb. 16th- 22nd All foods EXCEPT meat permitted.
GREAT LENT: Beginning the MONDAY Feb. 23rd after Forgiveness Sunday, with only a few exceptions, we fast from MEAT, DAIRY AND EGGS, and FISH. Seafood and shellfisth are permitted.
For wine and oil details please see the 2015 St. Tikhon’s wall calendar
FISH is permitted on the feast of ANNUNCIATION, March 25th.
PALM SUNDAY April 5th : Fish is permitted
HOLY WEEK: April 6th-11th
HOLY THURSDAY: Wine & oil allowed
HOLY FRIDAY: Strict Fast until sundown for all with the strength to do so. For those unable to do so; at the least they should eat as little as possible, and no meat, dairy, eggs, fish, wine or oil, as on normal fast days. Those keeping vigil after the veneration of the shroud will share some Lenten food at the church.
HOLY SATURDAY: wine but not oil permitted
N.B. FISH includes only fish with backbone. Shellfish (eg, clams, oysters) and seafood (crab, lobster, shrimp) are PERMITTED throughout the fast.
FASTING for Communion at evening liturgies: Complete fast from midday. Strictness of the Lenten fast is mitigated for young children, the sick, pregnant and nursing women, those doing heavy physical work or required to take group meals. In case of uncertainty, please consult Fr. Lawrence.
From the Lenten Triodion, trans. By Bp. Kallistos and Mother Mary: “At all times it is essential to bear in mind that ‘you are not under the law but under grace’ (Rom.6:14), and that ‘the letter kills but the spirit gives life’ (2 Cor.3: 6). The rules of fasting, while they need to be taken seriously, are not to be interpreted with dour and pedantic legalism; ‘for the Kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Rom. 14:17).”
Whatever your practice at home, please respect the full strictness of the rules when bringing items to share for our post-liturgy meals. Above all, beware of casting your eye critically on fellow members.