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The Essence and Importance of Fasting

The Essence and Importance of Fasting


Author: Fr. Markos R. Hanna, pages: 31

The Essence and Importance of Fasting in the Coptic Orthodox Church ... Fasting in Hebrew is 'Sum', meaning to cover the mouth; in Greek its 'nesteuo', meaning abstain.  Fasting was not found in the Pentateuch, but it occurred in the Historical Books of; 2nd Samuel 12:16, 1st King 21:9-12, Ezra 8:21.  In the Webster Dictionary, fasting means, to go without food or some kinds of food, esp. as a religious exercise.

Table of Contents:

  • Definitions and Meaning
  • Why is Fasting Important?
  • Is Fasting Biblical?
  • Type of Food during Fasting Periods
  • Fasting by Pope Kyrillos VI
  • Short History Account on the Different Fasts
  • First: The Apostles’ Fast (Spiritual Contemplations)
  • Second: Great Lent
  • Third: Wednesdays & Fridays
  • Fourth: Fast of Nineveh
  • Fifth: Nativity Fast
  • Sixth: St. Mary’s Fast

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