Fasting Days

There are approximately 160 fasting days prescribed by the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Fasting days are classified as follows:

1) Daily fast – Wednesdays and Fridays. However, there is a dispensation from fasting during the forty days after Easter (until Ascension) and during the octave of the Theophany (January 6-13).

2)The Fast of Great Lent (7 weeks): February 12 – March 31

3) Week-long Fasts. There are ten week-long fasts. These fasts are observed from Monday through Friday, except the fast of Nativity which is a 6-day fast:

Fast of Nativity/Theophany: December 30 – January 4
Fast of the Catechumens: January 22 – 26
Fast of Elijah: May 21 – 25
Fast of our Holy Father St. Gregory the Illuminator: June 11 – 15
Fast of Transfiguration: July 2 – 6
Fast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God: August 6 – 10
Fast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: September 10 – 14
Fast of the Holy Cross of Varak: September 24 – 28
Fast of Advent: November 19 – 23
Fast of St. Hagop: December 10- 14

 

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