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Ummm -- not letting meat , dairy etc near your mouth is not self sacrifice enough ?


I'm vegetarian, so when the Church says give up meat, I say, "sure, no problem." grin

However, the dairy is the difficult thing to do without. Glad I have dark chocolate for consolation.

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I was thinking of trying to break my soda addiction during the fast (already I've moved to drinking only decaffinated and non-sugar soda), but decided it was just too much.

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Chocolate is my demon. mmm chocolate..

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Don't forget all the feast days prior to Nativity!

Are you not supposed to feast during those times?

Also ... what does everyone do with Thanksgiving Dinner?

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Hi,

In certain jurisdictions, economy is given for Thanksgiving day.
So, yes, in my family, we eat Turkey.

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Originally Posted by Alice
Hi,

In certain jurisdictions, economy is given for Thanksgiving day.
So, yes, in my family, we eat Turkey.

Regards,
Alice


The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese grants dispensation for Thanksgiving Day and "Black Friday"; the latter so that the leftovers are not wasted.


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Here is a recipe for a very easy faux "Maryland Crab Soup":

In a large crock pot combine:

1 16oz can tomato juice
3 16 oz cans mixed vegetables
2 packages of faux "lobster delights" (or substitute real tinned crab)
Old Bay seasoning to taste

Cook 4 hours on high or 6 - 8 hours on low.

This was purely my invention/experiment and the good Presbytera deemed it a success (but cut back on the Old Bay next time).

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Originally Posted by Thomas the Seeker
Originally Posted by Alice
Hi,

In certain jurisdictions, economy is given for Thanksgiving day.
So, yes, in my family, we eat Turkey.

Regards,
Alice


The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese grants dispensation for Thanksgiving Day and "Black Friday"; the latter so that the leftovers are not wasted.



Basically the same for the Greek. Sometimes we think of it as being gluttonous, but the Christian truth is that food should not be wasted.

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I thought of a more appropriate name for this time:

"Black Beans and Lentils are your Friends Month!"

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"Black Beans and Lentils are your Friends Month!"

Have you been watching Dr. Oz? grin

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"Black Beans and Lentils are your Friends Month!"

Have you been watching Dr. Oz? grin


Naa......they're just the easiest things to cook for me during a fasting period.

Not that I'm all that fond of them. But a little spice here and there can do wonders!

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LOL. I just sat down to check in on the forum while my leftover black bean soup is heating up for dinner, and what do I find but posts about black beans!

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Hi Jaya,

Could you/would you mind sharing that recipe? I once made black bean soup with the recipe on the back of a Nabisco cracker box (many years ago), and loved it, but don't remember it I believe it had tomato salsa added to it...

What is yours?

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Hi Alice,

I'll try to post the recipe sometime this weekend on the Food/Recipe subforum.

Jaya

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I've always referred to it as the Nativity Fast, although St. Phillip's Fast is closest to the "Filipovka" meaning, I generally keep things in layman's terms when it comes to describing things (at least most of the time).

Although, bear in mind, that prior to the Second Vatican Council, it was also custom to fast, pray, and give alms in the West during the Advent season, but it just seems that the RC relaxed that quite a bit. All in all, I definitely do prefer the Eastern version of the Pre-Nativity period.

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