In the Latin rite, last Sunday was the Feast of Christ the King, which we celebrated at Christ our Hope community meeting last Sunday in the mountains at Hazelbrook, at the Well of St. Jude.
Rightfully, as Celtic christians we ought already be in Advent – or the Nativity fast as it is called.
Advent Sunday can be from the 27th November (which it was in 2016) to the 3rd December (which it was in 2017)! Advent only starts on the 1st December when Christmas Day is on a Wednesday (which will happen in 2019)!
No one is really sure when Advent was first celebrated but it dates back to at least 567 when monks were ordered to fast during December leading up to Christmas.
Some people fast (don’t eat anything) during advent to help them concentrate on preparing to celebrate Jesus’s coming. In many Orthodox and Eastern Catholics Churches, Advent lasts for 40 days and starts on November 15th and is also called the Nativity Fast. (Advent also starts on November 15th in Celtic Christianity.)
Orthodox Christians often don’t eat meat and dairy during Advent, and depending on the day, also olive oil, wine and fish. You can see what days mean now eating what foods on this calendar from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Strict Fast | Refrain from meat, fish, oil, wine, dairy, and eggs.
- Stephen the New
- Irenarchos & his Companion Martyrs at Sebaste
- Auxentius, 16 Martyrs of Tiberioupolis