Winter Lent

We are now a week or so into the season of “Winter Lent,” Fr. Thomas Hopko’s felicitous name for the Nativity fast. For Eastern Christians (Orthodox, Oriental, and Eastern Catholics), the Nativity Fast is pretty much the same thing as Great Lent: forty days of fasting leading up to the Nativity Feast (Christmas). I am …

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Preparing For That We Know Not Of, Nor Where, Nor How

December 19 … Six more days in the Nativity fast. It’s not a fast that I observe, but whenever the Orthodox Church is in the midst of a major fasting season I find myself becoming more aware of the intricacies of my Christian life. Tomorrow, Dec. 20 is also the beginning of the Forefeast of …

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