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The Apostles Fast 1


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The Apostles Fast 1


The Apostles Fast is for those who prepare to go and preach the Good News with signs and wonders. 

Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
— Jesus Christ

According to the early Christian tradition, after Pentecost the Apostles fasted and prayed as a preparation to go out to the nations. We are calling all to pray and fast for those with the apostolic call, forerunners and pioneers. Pray for revival, renewal, clarity and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in our lives, our families, churches and cities. 

Early Christians practiced four fasts yearly: Nativity, Lent, Apostles and Dormition. Today, mostly Eastern Christians (Orthodox, Eastern rite Catholics, Antiochian, Copts) still observe all four. The Apostles fast starts week after Pentecost and ends on June 28, day before the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul. This year the dates are June 12-28. 

Spiritual reading

Read and pray the Book of Acts in 14 days. The reading plan is simple: read two chapters daily

Join our MajorChange Fasting Fg Group for daily Book of Acts reading support, reflections, prayer requests, recipes and more. 

 

 

PRAYER

Pray for the sanctifying gifts of the Holy Spirit assisting us in the process of holiness: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord. Pray for the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit, given to us for the good of others: revelatory gifts (words of knowledge and wisdom, discernment), communication gifts (tongues, interpretation of tongues and prophecy), power gifts (faith, healing, miracles). Pray for the ministerial gifts of the Holy Spirit: apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers, shepherds. 

CHARITY AND ALMSGIVING

Pray for the way in which you may give sacrificially during the Apostles Fast. Give your time, energy or money. Give yourself to others in need. 

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FASTING

The guidelines of the fast are less strict than those followed during the Great Lent and the Nativity Fast, but Eastern Catholics are still required to abstain from eating meat and dairy products during this time.  They also abstain from fish, wine, and oil on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from fish on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Fish is permitted on Saturdays and Sundays and on commemorations of certain great saints (e.g., the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist on June 24). Discern your own version of fast.


After the long Feast of Pentecost, fasting is especially necessary to purify our thoughts and render us worthy to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit … Therefore, the salutary custom was established of fasting after the joyful days during which we celebrated the resurrection and ascension of our Lord, and the coming of the Holy Spirit
— (from a sermon of Pope St. Leo the Great, +461)

Proposed Intentions

June 12: Pope Francis

June 13: Bishops in your diocese

June 14: For all Christian leaders, clergy and religious in your area

June 15: Your family

June 16: Your parish, ecclesial community or organization

June 17: Pick particular Catholic apostolic ministry and pray for them

June 18: Sunday (Sunday's readings and your own intention)

June 19: For the unity of the Church to bring Good News as One Body

June 20: Persecuted Christians

June 21: Missionaries

June 22: Zeal and boldness in preaching of the Gospel

June 23: Signs and wonders manifested with preaching of the Good News

June 24: Finances and resources to be released to the Christian apostolic leaders

June 25: Sunday (Sunday's readings and your own intention)

June 26: Personal revival

June 27: Local revival with Kingdom principles to be released

June 28: To establish communities of faith 

June 28: Personal

June 29: Feasts of St. Peter and Paul - Mass ends fasting