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Monday, November 28, 2016

Menu Plan: First Sunday of Advent

Advent is here again. We are anticipating the spiritual growth that is sure to come in this season of preparation. We might also be looking for the physical benefit of eating more modestly. Our fast is not as stringent as our brethren in the East, we are still easing into it as a family. However, if you are learning about this discipline, and wish to have some ideas for meals, I pray that these menu plans will assist you. This year, we are eating meatless for four days a week, with the more stringent rules on Wednesdays and Fridays. You will still see fish, eggs and dairy on most days. I understand that wine and oil are not restricted during the Nativity fast in the way they are in the Lenten fast, but would be glad to be corrected. On the days that we are eating meat, we are still trying to keep it pretty simple and use the meat more as a garnish than a main course. Always, we keep in mind to stop before we are satisfied, and that, as Amira explained when she was little, the reason we fast is so we can better pray. This is a great season for almsgiving, as well, and I will try to post some ways for you to give to organizations we support, if you are interested. In the Church, fasting is always a trinity of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. The Church Fathers called a fast without prayer, the fast of the demons, for they do not eat, and they do not acknowledge the Lord. We pray to be spared from such a fast.

May your Advent be holy and blessed and full of joy!

What is on your menu this week? If you want a recipe, ask and I will provide it as soon as I can. If there are any starred recipes, I will follow up separately with a weekly recipe round up.

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