It was a wonderful day to celebrate St. Sava Day at our church St. George in Clearwater, Florida (Sunday February 5, 2017).
We were blessed with our first visit of our new Eastern Diocese Bishop, His Grace Bishop Irinej. The Divine Liturgy was beautiful. The community enjoyed how eloquently His Grace spoke in both Serbian and English. A highlight of the day was when His Grace spoke with our children, asking them questions about St. Sava, after the Slava Kolac and Zito were blessed. The children did so well it put smiles on everyone's face, especially His Grace Bishop Irinej. After the liturgy everyone went to the building site of the new parish home which was blessed by His Grace. After the blessing of the parish home a delicious lunch was served by our Kolo sisters. A wonderful children's program followed.
Within this developed pattern of Great Lent, what precisely do the rules of fasting demand? Neither in ancient nor in modern times has there ever been exact uniformity, but most Orthodox authorities agree on the following rules:
(1) During the week between the Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee and that of the Prodigal Son, there is general dispensation from all fasting. Meat and animal products may be eaten even on Wednesday and Friday.
By Father Seraphim (Rose) of Platina
In answer to numerous requests from readers, the rule of fasting is given for each day of the year. Where no indication of fast is given, and during "fast-free weeks," all foods may be eaten (except during Cheese-fare Week, when meat alone is forbidden every day). Where "fast day" is indicated alone, the fast is a strict one, with no meat, eggs, dairy products, fish, wine or oil to be eaten. Where, underneath "fast day," is indicated "wine and oil allowed," the fast is relaxed for the sake of a feast day or vigil, to allow eating of these foods. Where "fish, wine and oil allowed" is indicated, then all three of these foods may be eaten.