Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Great Ultimate Pre-fast Fridge Purge

Tomorrow the Dormition Fast begins.  For fourteen days we engage in a spiritual struggle to purify our souls to achieve the understanding that the Holy Mother of God had of God, of wholesale dedication to the Lord's will.

In the average American Orthodox household, this typically involves the end of summer/pre-school deep freeze and refrigerator cleanse.  We have disposed of all kinds of fragrant, non-fasting foods this past weekend, and we have been on a veritable chicken breast and mashed potato binge.  Aside from cheese and butter, which will be fine for the next two weeks, we have just some plain, non-fat yogurt left, and I suspect that we will put a hefty dent in that today, for tomorrow, we fast!

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