Fasting and Abstinence Rules Prescribed for the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church | 2015

Definitions

Abstinence means that we do not eat a certain type of food or any other foods that have that as an ingredient.

Fasting means that we eat less food. A general rule is that for a day of fast, the amount of food of the main meal is less than the other two meals combined.

Those exempt from fasting and abstinence are:

  • Children under the age of 14
  • Adults over the age of 60
  • those who are gravely ill
  • pregnant women
  • post-partum mothers
  • breast-feeding mothers
  • travellers (if travel time exceeds 8 hours)
  • those engaged in heavy labour
  • those who eat from the table of others
  • the poor who live from charity

Fridays

Abstention from meat and foods that contain these ingredients
(except during periods of dispensation).

Fasting Periods

Great Fast

Obligation to Fast during this period.

First Day of the Great Fast (Clean Monday)
Abstention from meat, dairy and eggs, and foods that contain these ingredients

First Week of the Great Fast
Abstention from meat and foods that contain these ingredients

Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday of the Great Fast
Abstention from meat and foods that contain these ingredients

Great and Holy Week

Obligation to Fast during this period.

Abstention from meat and foods that contain these ingredients

Great and Holy Friday
Abstention from meat, dairy and eggs, and foods that contain these ingredients

Apostles Fast

Obligation to Fast during this period.

Wednesdays and Fridays
Abstention from meat and foods that contain these ingredients

Dormition Fast

Obligation to Fast during this period.

Wednesdays and Fridays
Abstention from meat and foods that contain these ingredients

Nativity Fast

Obligation to Fast during this period.

Wednesdays and Fridays
Abstention from meat and foods that contain these ingredients

Specific Days of Fasting

Obligation to Fast on these days.

September 14
Exaltation of the Holy Cross

December 24
Vigil of the Nativity
Abstention from meat, dairy and eggs, and foods that contain these ingredients

January 5
Vigil of Theophany
Abstention from meat, dairy and eggs, and foods that contain these ingredients

August 29
Beheading of John the Baptist

Periods of Dispensation

There is no fasting or abstinence during these periods.

  • December 25 to January 4 (Nativity to the Vigil of Theophany)
  • Sunday of the Public and Pharisee to Sunday of the Prodigal Son
  • Pascha to Thomas Sunday
  • Pentecost to All Saints Sunday

About Fr. Michael Winn

Fr. Michael, a priest of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg, is presently serving as Rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa. He also teaches a few undergraduate courses as a sessional lecturer with the Sheptytsky Institute at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, and is the general editor of the Ukrainian Catholic Catechism (English Edition) Christ - Our Pascha.

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