great fast meals
Since May 2017 a medical condition has forced me and my family
to begin what many call a whole foods, plant based, oil free diet.
Because of our Byzantine heritage and tradition,
and because we do it for love of each other,
we call it perpetual fasting and its not as difficult as you might think.
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The Apostles Fast
Western Paschal Calendar:
Eastern Paschal Calendar:
June 12-June 28 (July 11)
What is True Fasting?
The Apostles' Fast was first established at the First Council of Nicea in 325 AD and is observed from the Monday after All Saints Day through until the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
We fast as usual on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, however,
we are allowed fish, wine, and oil.
Tradition tells us that after the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, they began to fast in order to prepare themselves to go forth and preach the Gospel to the world. There is a verse in scripture which is said to have foretold of the Apostles' Fast.
Luke 5:35 “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while He is
with them? But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken
from them; then they will fast.”
Because of this, it is customary to concentrate on the Holy Trinity and the apostolic mission of spreading the Gospel to others during this fast.
Catherine Alexander from
Your Word From the Wise
as she interviews
Abouna Moses from
Holy Resurrection Monastery on how to observe the Fast
See the Video HERE
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As you may already know, my family has been advised by our cardiologist to adopt a perpetual fast in order to combat a family health crisis. We've adopted a whole-foods, plant-based, no oil diet...just like our Eastern Christian fast!...full time, and now that we've done it, I can help you get through 40 days of fasting too.
Here are a few of ByziMom's Great Fast Recipes:
St. Barbara's Breakfast; Crockpot Oats
Oil Free Salad Dressings & Salads
St. Myron's Sesame Quinoa Lettuce Bundles
Middle Eastern Meze: falafel, tzadziki, tabbouleh & dolmades
Fajita Night: sweet potato tortillas, unfried beans, oil-free vegetable stir fry, cashew nacho sauce, Mexican quinoa, etc.
Listen in as I chat with Cynthia Damaskos from The Holistic Christian LIfe
about my new book,
The ByziMom's Guide to Great Fast Meals!
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