Wednesday, November 13, 2019 UTC


bridegroom-01_1_-382x203  CONFESSIONS: 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM BEFORE EACH PRE-SANCTIFIED LITURGY & AT 3:00 PM ON SATURDAYS; PRE-SANCTIFIED LITURGY: 6:30 PM on WED & FRI.  NOTE: Each Wednesday Pre-Sanctified Liturgy will be followed by a fasting pot-luck meal. ALSO, 6th Hour & Catechism will be held every Tuesday at 11:00 AM.

The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts is celebrated during the Great Fast, and provides the faithful with the opportunity to receive Holy Communion on those days when the Eucharistic Sacrifice is not celebrated.   The word “presanctified” indicates that the “gifts” (the Body and Blood of Christ) which are distributed at the service are those consecrated at a previous Eucharist.

You may journey through the Great Fast by reading “Journey through the Great Fast” from the Byzantine Catholic Metropolitan Church of Pittsburgh, as posted each week with “Daily Lenten Readings” (from THE HOLY BIBLE, Revised Standard Version 2nd Catholic Edition) on this website.  Other books you may consider are “Great LentJourney to Pascha” by Alexander Schmemann or The Lenten Spring: Readings for Great Lent” by Thomas Hopko.

You may also “click” on this link to read: Daily Readings for the Great Fast – Ladder of Divine Ascent

OR you may also like to read “The Way of the Pilgrim” on this link: french_way_of_a_pilgrim

You may upload and read the following and share as a family during the Great Fast: “Living with Christ – Great Lent at Home” from the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton Office of Educational Services: great_lent _home

The attachment may help you with your fasting journey during the Great Fast: “THE MEANING OF THE GREAT FAST: The
True Nature of Fasting”, by Mother Mary and Bishop Kallistos Ware: THE-TRUE-NATURE-OF-FASTING-THE-TRUE-NATURE-OF-FASTING-The-True-Nature-of-Fasting

Below are the Fasting Regulations per Fr. Mark Shuey. NOTE: the following website is a useful resource for vegetarian and vegan recipes during the fasting period:  from the Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center.


  1. Minimum Fast: According to the Eparchial Handbook, the minimum fast for Lent is as follows:

Abstinence forbids the use of meat and meat products. Abstinence does not forbid the use of eggs or dairy products. Abstinence is observed on:

  • All Wednesdays and Fridays if the Great Fast
  • On all Fridays of the year or an equivalent penance is recommended, except during the festive observances as found in the Typikon (MPL Canon 880 S2.2)

Strict Fast forbids the use of meat, eggs and dairy products. Strict Fast is observed on Pure Monday (2/27) and Great Friday (4/14).

  1. Ascetic Fast: If you have never fasted before, please do the minimum fast and take each fasting period to          grow in your spiritual life. This means to eventually grow in fasting to the Ascetic Fast where no           animal products a consumed but fish and oil are allowed on the weekends. This takes time, effort and especially prayer to develop and remember, fasting without prayer is diabolical-you just hurt the body. If you never get the the Ascetic Fast, do not feel guilty, at least do the Minimum Fast.
  1. Age Requirements: Abstinence binds all the faithful of the Eparchy of Passaic who receive the Eucharist. Strict Fast binds all the adult faithful who receive the Eucharist.
  1. Dispensation: Expectant and nursing mothers, infants and those who are in poor health are exempt from the laws of Strict Fast. Pastors and religious superiors, for just cause, may grant to individuals and families a dispensation or commutation of the prescribed Strict or Abstinence Fasts to another equivalent penance.
  1. Non-Fasting Periods: The periods during which fasting is not permitted:
  • The week following the Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee
  • Bright Week
  • The Post feast of the Nativity of the Lord (December 25-January 4)
  • Major Feast Days of the Lord and the Theotokos if they fall on a fast day

The Great Fast culminates with The Resurrection of our Lord, Pascha (Easter) Sunday. In the Western Church, Lent is the name of the season 40 days before the feast of Easter. The word Easter is typically only used in the West; while Pascha, from the Greek word for the Hebrew Passover, is the name used in the Eastern Catholic Church for the Easter feast. The Great Fast is called ‘Great’ because this Lenten period is longer and more intense than the other fast periods and is the most important season as it is the time for preparing for the most important liturgical feast of the year, Pascha. The Great Fast actually begins on Pure (Clean) Monday, 48 days before the feast of Pascha. The name Pure Monday is alluding to the leaving behind of sinful attitudes or behavior as well as non-fasting foods. The Great Fast then continues for the next five Sundays: Triumph of Orthodoxy, St. Gregory Palamas, Veneration of Holy Cross, Commemoration of our Holy Father John Climacus, and the Commemoration of our Venerable Mother Mary of Egypt. Unlike in the West, Sundays are included in the 40 days of Lent. Also, in the Eastern Church, Holy Week is considered separate from the rest of the Great Fast.