St. George the Great Martyr Orthodox Church
A parish of the Orthodox Church in America
Fasting until Ascension

In regard to the Wednesdays and Fridays until Ascension, there are different practices. In the Antiochian tradition there is no fasting at all until Ascension. This seems to be the oldest practice. Among Greeks and Romanians and most Slavs, there is fasting on these two days a week, but with dispensations for fish, wine, and oil. Among some of the northern Slavs there is fasting with dispensations only for wine and oil. This latter practice seems to be very common in the OCA, although it makes the least sense. So you can follow any one of these, just make sure you don’t fast completely until after Ascension, without any dispensations.


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St. George the Great Martyr Orthodox Church
PO Box 667
Pharr, TX 78577
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704 W Sam Houston
Pharr, TX 78577
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