great lent fast

Feb. 4 - MARCH 31, 2018

 
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revival

Join Stone to Flesh School of the Heart as we are storming heaven for the Southern California (or whatever location you are in) to prepare for the Paschal Mystery. This Lent we want to become who we are so everything inside and around us can be revived, the risks we take can be life worthy and we can enter to the territories which only the friends of God can occupy. We dive into prayer, spiritual reading and give ourselves to fasting to align our desires with God's will.

We will be praying and fasting for revival which starts in me and you and spreads from there to all spheres and aspects of our lives. We will also fast for the supernatural move of God in SoCal and in your area. 

prayer

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I will find silence so I can hear Him speaking from within. I will cross from shallow silence where "I" is the center and I will trek toward the peak where I am not only silent with my lips but where my heart is resting in the silence of the Holy Spirit. Be it at night or during the day, sitting or walking, short or long, I will not give up until the Word will resound louder than any other voice. I will pray no matter how great or how dull it will feel. I will join a network of people who carry each others burdens and prepare for a renewal, first within me, and then within my family, within circles of my friends, in my church or neighberhood. I must become who God created me to be to see the revival God has promised. I will ask for help when I will want to give up, and I will try not to give up when I will fail or become weak. If I do not have one, I will create intentional space for solitude and prayer. I will establish a rhythm and practice of prayer that can last after Lent is over. I will not get discouraged when I disrupt my plan, but go back to it. 

Everyone picks the prayer time and kind according to their personal discernment. Fasting, prayer and almsgiving will provoke our hearts to hunger for personal revival that will spread from each heart into our families, work places, parishes, communities and neighborhoods. 

Fasting should be done after personal discernment, consultation with spiritual director and/or a doctor, in case you have some health issues. 

 

fasting

 
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We live in a society whose whole policy is to excite every nerve in the human body and keep it at the highest pitch of artificial tension, to strain every human desire to the limit and to create as many new desires and synthetic passions as possible, in order to cater to them with the products of our factories and printing presses and movie studios and all the rest.
— Thomas Merton

I will find a way to fast so I can mourn my sins, carry the cross, enter into freedom and receive all that God will send my way.

As a spiritual discipline, fasting's goal is to reorient our attention, time and resources to the things that matter in the Kingdom of God. Fasting during Lent should provide enough food to satisfy the hunger and sustain the body for the glory of God. Therefore, fasting will look different for everyone. We propose Eastern Christian tradition of fasting for Lent'18. Pray to discern your kind of fast. Avoid laxity and legalism. 

Pre-Lenten season: Feb. 4 - Feb. 11, 2017; starts on the 10th Sunday before Pascha (Easter Sunday), focuses on preparing for Great Lent. During this time, normal fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays continues.

Significant days and fasting guide which you can modify according to your situation:

 Last day to eat meat until Pascha. Meat refers to the flesh from a vertebrae and includes fish. Shellfish are permitted. You become vegetarian. 

Last day to eat meat until Pascha. Meat refers to the flesh from a vertebrae and includes fish. Shellfish are permitted. You become vegetarian. 

 Forgiveness Sunday. Last day to eat animal products: milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt etc. You become vegan. 

Forgiveness Sunday. Last day to eat animal products: milk, eggs, butter, cheese, yogurt etc. You become vegan. 

 Great Fast starts. No food from midnight to noon. From now on one meal is permitted each day, Monday to Friday. All the time we drink water.  Wine and oil are allowed on Sat and Sun. 

Great Fast starts. No food from midnight to noon. From now on one meal is permitted each day, Monday to Friday. All the time we drink water.  Wine and oil are allowed on Sat and Sun. 

 Latin rite celebrates Ash Wednesday and Lent starts for Latin rite. 

Latin rite celebrates Ash Wednesday and Lent starts for Latin rite. 

 Holy Week is a separate fasting week from Great Lent for Eastern Christians. Fasting is intensified. Monday through Thursday one meal each day is taken but those who are able may fast completely. Many people eat uncooked food only. Friday and Saturday should observe complete fast. 

Holy Week is a separate fasting week from Great Lent for Eastern Christians. Fasting is intensified. Monday through Thursday one meal each day is taken but those who are able may fast completely. Many people eat uncooked food only. Friday and Saturday should observe complete fast. 

 Fb Group active throughout fasting seasons

Fb Group active throughout fasting seasons

Fasting should be done after personal discernment, consultation with spiritual director and/or a doctor, in case you have some health issues. 

Can the Great Lent Fast be modified? Yes, there are several types of fast. 

1. Water fast: you drink only water throughout the whole fast. 

2. Liquid fast: you drink only water, veggie broth, herbal teas and highly diluted juices. 

3. Daniel fast: as in the Book of Daniel chapter 1, you eat only vegetables, including juicing or as in the Daniel chapter 10, you eat vegetables, fruits, grains. You drink only water and herbal teas. 

4. Abstinence fast: you abstain from certain kinds of foods, and you moderate the amount of food you eat. 

 

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