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The Fast of the Apostles

       The Fast of the Apostles is also known as the Fast of Sene(June). The length of the Fast is variable, being determined by the date of Easter. The day of Pentecost comes seven weeks after Easter, which also varies with the day of Easter. That means if the feast of Easter occurs sooner, then the Apostle's Fast is longer; if Easter comes later, then the Apostle's Fast is shorter. The Fast of the Holy Apostles begins on the first Monday after  Pentecost and lasts until July 12 (Hamele 5) with the observance of the Feast Day of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. 

        Immediately after receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Apostles began fasting with prayer as part of their preparation for their departure from Jerusalem to spread the message of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Kristos. They also wanted to praise God for the grace of the Holy Spirit they received and all the good things that God had done for them.

        When we participate in the Fast of the Apostles, we the faithful will remember the lives of the Holy Apostles, and we are taught to imitate them. God gave us His Spirit so that we are never alone along the path of salvation. With fasting we need to pray more, attend church services more, and be extra generous to others.

May the blessing of the work of His Holy Apostles be with us all. Amen!

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