Advent fast begins today- December 01
- On December 01, the Syrian Orthodox Church In Malankara
start the Advent Fast.
It The central idea of Advent is that it is the "coming"
of the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus it already present to
us; but the grace of Advent allows us a more vivid, and
quite new, awareness of this presence.
Christian prayer during this period might be summed up
in one word: "Come". It is the "Come, Lord Jesus" with
which the Book of revelation ends. If we utter this
call for help with sincerity and fervor, it becomes a
true ascesis, and the hope and anticipation of the Lord
in fact fill an increasing place in our Soul. Since the
Lord is already in us we can think of this time as a
period of intensification and the prayer `come' could be
interpreted as: "Oh, let me be aware of thy presence in
me -- may the whole world feel thy presence".
To prepare ourselves to receive Jesus as King and Messiah,
we must above all, during Advent, develop an attitude of
inner obedience: may my own will no longer prevail, but
let me rather be under orders; may he, who is stronger
than I and whom I recognize as Master, come! The
celebration of Jesus's birth coincides with the victory
of light over darkness in the physical world -- from
Christmas on, daylight lengthens. In the same way, our
interior darkness will be dispelled by the coming of
him who is the Light of the world. To prepare for this
victory of light we must, during advent open ourselves
more and more to the light "which lightens every person
who comes into the world." We must examine ourselves
under this inner light, and let this light "which is
in our deepest self" guide our daily actions. We
must live in an atmosphere of gentleness, of truth
and of sincerity. (Excerpted from The Year of Grace
of the Lord by a Monk of the Eastern Church)
Ps:- Along with relaxations applied to the traditional
fast periods. Patriarch Zakka in the 80s (Patriarchal
Bull No. 160) reduced the fasting period to 10 days
instead of 25 days from 15 to 25 of December.
This was originated by Patriarch Aphrem by Bull No. 620
dated 1952 Vrishikam 5 as per the decision of the
3rd Holy Synod at Homes in 1946. This was re issued in
Malankara by Mor Paulose Athanious on 1952 December 2.
Kuriakose Corepiscopa's (Moolayil Achen) book
"Perumpilly Thirumeni" provides the text of the
Patriarchal Encyclicals in this regard. Please visit
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