Apostles' Fast: Traditions, peculiarities, main bans

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This year, the fast starts on Monday, June 28
09:20, 28 June 2021

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June is the nondescript month in the Orthodox church calendar. No great feast observed this month; however, one of the multi-day fasts starts - St. Peter's Fast or Apostles' Fast.

Traditionally, the start of this fast occurs on Monday, a week after the Holy Trinity Day and it lasts until July 12 – Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

We celebrated the Trinity this year on June 20, so the Apostles’ Fast begins on June 28.

Meanwhile, we should note that this fast was established in honor of Saint Apostles who prepared for worldwide preaching of the Gospel through fast and prayer and it is considered to be not strict. The believers refuse dairy and meat products; however, they can eat fish.

The menu for the Apostles' Fast:

On Monday, it is allowed to eat warm food without oil, for example, linen cereals.

Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday – are the easiest days of the fast. Any linen food with vegetable oil and fish is allowed.

The strict fast (xerophagy) is observed on Wednesday and Friday. Some believers eat only bread and drink water on these days.

On Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (July 7), it is also allowed to eat fish.

On Sunday, people can eat linen food and drink wine.

The demands of the fast are mitigated for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Main bans

It is considered that during the St. Peter's Fast it is not allowed to marry a couple and baptize children.

Besides, according to people’s customs, it is better not to do handicrafts, lend money, cut your hair and hold rites, recite an incantation, tell fortunes and read fortune.


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