In the Orthodox Christian world Advent begins on November 15 and lasts until December 24.
Preparing For The Advent Fast
The Nativity Fast is divided into two periods.
The 1st period is November 15th through December 19th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis (allowance or permission) for wine and oil on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and for fish, wine and oil on Saturdays and Sundays.
The 2nd period is December 20th through 24th when the traditional fasting discipline (no meat, poultry, eggs, dairy, fish, wine and oil) is observed with katalysis for wine and oil only on Saturday and Sunday.
The purpose of fasting. The purpose of fasting is to focus on the things of God’s Kingdom and be freed from dependence on worldly things. Fasting in itself is not a means of pleasing God.
Fasting is not a punishment for our sins. Nor is fasting a means of suffering and pain to be undertaken as some kind of atonement.
Christ already redeemed us on His Cross. Salvation is a gift from God that is not bought by our hunger or thirst.
We fast to be delivered from carnal passions so that God’s gift of Salvation may bear great fruit in our lives.
We fast and turn our eyes toward God in His Holy Church.
Fasting and Prayer are meant to go together.
Most of all, it is important that we do not eat each other. We ask God to “set a watch and keep the door of our lips.”
Fasting is not irrelevant, is not obsolete, is not something for someone else. Fasting is from God, for us, right here and from God, for us, right here and right now.
We fast faithfully and in secret, not judging others and not
holding ourselves up as an example.