The Apostles’ Fast starts tomorrow, Monday, June 7 os/20 ns, 2011, and lasts until June 29 os/July 12 ns, on which day we celebrate the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. This is an ancient fast of the Church, and references to this fast are found in the homilies of the Pope of Rome, St Leo the Great, dating back to 461. It is during this time that we give thanks to the Apostles for all the sufferings that they endured in order to spread the Gospel of Christ. Sadly, this Fast is one of the most commonly ignored fasts today.
During this fast, oil, wine, and shellfish are permitted, except on Wednesdays and Fridays, when it is a strict fast. On Friday, June 11/24, it is not a strict fast, however, and on the first two Saturdays and Sundays of the Fast, fish is allowed, as well as on June 24/July 7, on the Feast of the Nativity of the St John the Forerunner.
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