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Why Do We Fast?

December 26, 2010 Length: 1:01

St. Isaac the Syrian on the spiritual benefits of fasting.

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Have you ever wondered why Orthodox Christians frequently fast from meat and dairy products? St. Isaac the Syrian answers:

Fasting is the champion of every virtue, the beginning of the struggle, the crown of the abstinent, the beauty of virginity and sanctity, the resplendence of chastity, the commencement of the path of Christianity, the mother of prayer, the well-spring of sobriety and prudence, the teacher of stillness, and the precursor of all good works.

THAT is why we Orthodox fast!


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