On Tue, 31 Jul 2001, Fr. Alexander Lebedeff wrote:
> This is followed by a notation that in countries where it is not grapes
> that ripen for the Feast of the Transfiguration, then this applies to
> whatever fruit is used at the blessing of fruits--be it figs, or dates, or
> So, everybody out there, remember that there are interesting other fasts
> that the Church imposes on us, other than just meat, eggs and dairy.
From what I am told, since the seasons are reversed in Australia,
there they bless grapes, not at Transfiguration, but at the Meeting of the
Lord, which falls in the right season in those parts.
Fr. John R. Shaw