During the Nativity Fast we should think deeply how we can become better Christians through repententance, prayer and fasting. The Nativity Fast begins on Monday 28th November and helps us to prepare spiritually for the Great Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Here is a link to a great talk in English on "Transfiguration through repentance" given during our ROCOR Western American Diocesan Youth Conference last February. It helpfully encourages us to ask God to transform us. You can find this talk here at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLOQqzDrNlE. It is really worth listening to.
His Grace, Bishop Irenei, has written an Epistle to the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland (ROCOR) to be read at the start of the Nativity Fast. His Epistle is now available in Russian.
"May this day (Christmas Eve) be a day of fast in our souls: let us abstain from all bad or useless thoughts and speech, and await in silence and composure the Saviour who is coming to us. Darkness falls. Soon the first star will rise and mark, according to the Church Calendar, the start of the new day and of the Great Feast of Christmas. With the rising of the star, may the Light of our Lord rise for us so that, in the words of the Apostle Peter, 'Ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.'" From The Year of Grace of the Lord by a Monk of the Eastern Church translated from the French in 1980 by Deborah Cowen for Mowbrays.
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