Nativity Fast, Nov. 15/28 – Dec. 24/Jan. 6


The Nativity Fast is one of four main fast periods throughout the ecclesiastical year. Beginning on November 15/28 and concluding on December 24/January 6, the Nativity Fast gives individuals the opportunity to prepare for the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior in the Flesh on December 25/January 7. By abstaining from certain food and drink, particularly from meat, and dairy products, as well as focusing more deeply on prayer and almsgiving, we can find that the primary aim of fasting is to make us conscious of our dependence upon God.