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The practicing of refusing food in order to focus exclusively on the presence of God

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What are the dietary restrictions for Lent in Catholicism?

There are some things that I've been told since I was kid that I'd like to ask about regarding fasting. I'm a of Catholic Maronite Rite and I'd like Catholic answers. Are we allowed to eat whatever ...
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How common is it to fast for 40+ days among Christians?

I recently watched a testimony that reports the results of a 40-day water/juice fast (no food). The individual claims to have been addicted to drugs for 22 years, including marijuana, cocaine, ...
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Did the Catholics or Orthodox suspend the Lenten fast during times of war?

It would make sense for an enemy nation with knowledge of the Catholic or Orthodox systems of fasting to attack during the fasting seasons, when the faithful were not well fed. As a corollary, it ...
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What was the Original Purpose of Fasting from “Wine” and “Olive Oil” in the Orthodox Tradition?

The Orthodox are required to fast from "wine" and "olive oil" most Wednesdays and Fridays, for Lent, the Dormition of the Theotokos, the Nativity, and other fasts. Nearly all ...
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When did the Early Church begin and end their twice weekly fasts?

In the Didache, it tells us "8:2 but keep your fast on the fourth and on the preparation day (Friday)." Obviously some actually did keep these weekly fasts, when exactly did they begin and end? ...
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Obligated fasting in Christianity

Is there any Christian denomination which obligates its believers to fast (no drink no food) as the bible mentioned and in Jewish practice? I've never heard of obligated fasting in Christianity but I ...
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How long, and in what cases did Catholics participate in the Black Fast?

I ran across the term "Black Fast" and looked it up. The articles I'm finding indicate that it's extreme, and give some information about the types of foods allowed during it, but I keep expecting to ...
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What did Clement mean when he said: “Fasting is better than prayer, and charity than both”?

In his second letter to the Corinthians (16:3), the anonymous church father, believed to be Clement of Rome, wrote: "Fasting is better than prayer, and charity than both". What did he mean by that?...
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How is Lent observance reconciled with Matthew 6:16-18?

Jesus says in Matthew 6: 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their ...
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Should one avoid fasting during Easter?

Tomorrow is the first Friday in Easter and in the Catholic Church Fridays are days of penance. If a person usually does something small, like not continuously munch on things while at his desk, in ...
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Why does any Archbishop get to decide if alligator is okay for Lent?

NPR ran an interesting piece about the saga of whether or not Catholics could eat alligator on Fridays during Lent. According to the story, an alligator merchant by the name of Jim Piculas advocated ...
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Which Episcopal Conferences set alternatives for abstinence on Fridays?

The canon law requires Catholics to hold every Friday (except certain solemnities) as a abstinence day (e.g. abstaining from meat), but also grants the episcopal conferences the possibility to require ...
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Which is a greater sin - to eat meat on Good Friday or to spoil it

I'd cooked 4 meals on Wednesday and left two for today, failing to take into account the fast. I'm not sure whether the meals will be safe to eat tomorrow. Which would be a greater sin - to eat them, ...
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When Did Catholics Cease to Fast as the Orthodox Do?

From what I understand, the Western and Eastern churches fasted identically for a long time: Wednesday and Friday, and the entirety of Lent. Is this untrue? If not, when and why did the Catholics ...
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What kinds of liquids can Catholics have while fasting?

There are times of the year when Catholics are obligated to fast, such as Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. During that time, what kind of liquids are allowed? Water only? Juice? Smoothies? Meal ...
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Are Catholics allowed to drink coconut water during the hour before they take communion?

I know they are not allowed to consume anything but water and medicine during the hour before they take communion. In addition to the fasts mentioned above, Roman Catholics must also observe the ...
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How do Catholics observe Lent through a dignified and appropriate use of food?

Have you considered presenting menus for those fasting days for religious people to follow? If so, what foods to eat on which fasting season and why? Display pictures if possible. Many would ...
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Do orthodox Christians fast on Monday to exceed the righteousness of the pharisees and scribes?

This question regards Matthew 5:20: "For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of ...
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Who are the hypocrites associated with fasting in the Didache?

The early Christian teaching Didache states that Christians should not fast like the hypocrites: Your fasts must not be identical with those of the hypocrites. They fast on Mondays and Thursdays; ...
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I am fasting for 40 days [duplicate]

I am fasting for 40 days I was wondering if I can stop fasting every Sunday and eat normal food my mom said I can but I want to be sure
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Why were Catholic fasting obligations steadily relaxed?

It seems that since the Middle Ages, the fasts prescribed by the Catholic Church were gradually but steadily reduced. Much can be read about the history of these relaxations, but little is said about ...
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Are those who have a history of eating disorders excused from obligatory Roman Catholic fasts?

Say that a person has a history of eating disorders, such as anorexia or bulimia. Are they excused from obligatory Roman Catholic fasts like those on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday? I've heard of ...
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What are the reasons for fasting from midnight before Eucharist?

According to traditional Catholic rules (before Vatican the 2nd Council), as well as in Eastern Orthodox traditions, those who want to receive the Sacraments should fast, i.e. do not consume any food ...
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What denominations don't believe in fasting? And Why?

There is a question on here about the importance of fasting. But this is different because I want to know what denominations don't believe in fasting and why they think that its not important. I ...
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When did the Latin Catholic Church begin to generally require fasting only one hour prior to the Eucharist?

According to Wikipedia's article on eucharistic discipline, the Latin rite of Catholicism requires only one hour of fasting before the Eucharist (cf. Canon 919 §1), but that prior to 1955, the fasting ...
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What are the first references to a tradition of fasting before partaking of the Lord's Supper?

I recently learned that in Roman Catholicism, it's expected that partakers of the Eucharist will fast for at least an hour. Canon 919, §1 reads: A person who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is a person required to fast?

From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted ...
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What are common ways for contemporary Christians to fast? [closed]

Which ingredients are being left out? (Besides meat, maybe spices? How about salt?) Are there different fasting dishes / cooking approaches in the various denominations?
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What did the early Christian twice weekly fasts consist of?

Other than what is mentioned in the Didache regarding the days for fasting, what did early Christian "twice weekly fasts" consist of? What I'd like to know more about is what they fasted from. For ...
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Fasting in Daniel 10, What is going on? [closed]

Cyrus king of Persia revealed to Daniel that something bad was happening. He fasted and did the whole 9-yards for 3 weeks. My question is, what happened afterwards? He obviously was super tired and ...
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Is there a medical dispensation formally allowed from Lenten fasting in Catholicism?

Today, 10 February 2016, begins the observation of Lent in the Catholic Church, and indeed in much of Western Christianity. Catholic rules for the observation of Lent include the requirement for ...
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According to the Catholic Church, can you cook food while you're fasting?

Can you cook food while you're fasting? And eat it afterwards? I have often made dinner for others during a fast. And I have also made dinner for myself but waited until the fast was over to eat it. ...
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How does washing your face and anointing your head hide that you are fasting?

How does washing your face and "anointing your head" hide the fact that you are fasting? But you, when you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; (Matthew 6:17)
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What are the reasons for the Catholic Church's law regarding the Communion fast?

We know from scripture that the institution of the Eucharist was during supper with the taking of the cup being after supper. And it appears from St. Paul's first letter to the Corinthians that there ...
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Was regular weekly fasting a widespread, formal tradition in the early Church?

In The Story of Christianity,* author Justo Gonzalez offers the following: There were indeed times set aside for sorrow for one's sins, in particular during the two weekly days of fasting, which ...
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How do Roman Catholics interpret 1 Timothy 4:3

In it's context in the NRSVCE (including section title): False Asceticism 4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and ...
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When were the Fasting Patterns of the Eastern Orthodox Church Established?

I am under the impression that the fasting patterns of the Orthodox church were established over the course of several centuries. I am interested in some sources that would clarify when the pattern ...
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May Christians work while fasting? [closed]

Is there a Christians (preferably protestant) viewpoint that you may not work while fasting? A while back I talked to a guy that told me you may not work while fasting and quoted a few verses to make ...
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Should we be able fast like the fasts described in Bible? [closed]

If you look carefully at the scripture, there are instances were some people fast to pray and/or to express their sorrow. However, the length of the fast seems to be astronomical; some people like ...
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What do Christians do on a Fasting day besides worshipping?

While Christians fast, do they only focus on worshipping God (such as bible reading and praying)? If they involve in any other activity besides worshipping God, would fasting be inefficient? What did ...
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Do these Scripture say that prayer along with fasting is more powerful than either alone?

I am aware that Jesus placed much emphasis on both prayer and on fasting. And I am not really sure that the following Scriptures call for doing both at the same time, but it can be taken to believe ...
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How does fasting affect violent situations not under my control?

I read an article yesterday about Pope Francis announcing a day of fasting on Sept. 7th for the situation in Syria. According to Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican doctrine, exactly how does my fasting affect ...
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Does taking communion break the fast? Is there a Scriptural or Traditional case to be made either way? [closed]

Now, once, I was fasting. I was destined to fast for three weeks. Now the church that I went to had Communion once every month, and it happened that my second last Sunday of fasting was my church's ...
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Did the modern LDS idea of fast offerings have extra-Mormon roots?

[LDS] members are encouraged to fast once a month on Fast Sunday and to give the money they save by not eating two meals to the church; those who can afford to be more generous are encouraged to give ...
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How do Christians exercise self-control in the abstinence of food during fasting?

I am aware of the Lord teaching us to pray, detailing how and how not it should be done, but the only thing he said about fasting was "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad ...
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What's the importance of Fasting? [closed]

What's the importance of Fasting? I've felt compelled at times to fast, but I'm not quite sure what the purpose is. I went online and found that it's very healthy for your body, it's something that a ...