Category Archives: Fasting

Fasting Rules

During the Lenten fast, is it OK to eat tofu-burgers, egg substitutes, shrimp, and vegetarian dishes that are prepared in a delicious manner? Or is it more spiritual to avoid all delicious food, and to make sure that Lenten meals … Continue reading

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Being Tempted In the Wilderness

Mp3 Audio: Fr Joseph-Being_Tempted_in_the_Wilderness.mp3 This homily was preached on by Father Joseph Gleason on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois. Transcription by Maria Powell of Dormition Text Services Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus was … Continue reading

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When You Fast

mp3 Audio: 2015_02_25-Fr Joseph-When_You_Fast.mp3 This sermon was preached by Fr. Joseph Gleason on Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois. Transcription by Maria Powell of Dormition Text Services. Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:16-21 In the name of the Father … Continue reading

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A Spiritual Pharmacy

Father, are the teachings of the Saints to be strictly followed? Luke, you have known me for many years. What have I taught in the past? Father, I have always been very grateful for your firm teaching. Without wavering, you … Continue reading

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Advent – Preparing for Christ to Come

This lesson was taught on Saturday evening, November 23, 2013, at Christ the King Orthodox Church in Omaha, Illinois, by Fr. Michael Keiser. ~ What does “Advent” mean? The word “Advent” itself came from Latin. It comes from advenire, and what does … Continue reading

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Fasting and Spiritual Benefit

Holy Scripture reveals many spiritual benefits of fasting. But why does fasting bring about all these benefits? Why is abstinence from food so important? I believe one of the answers is a simple one. In the Garden of Eden, we … Continue reading

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When You Fast

Fasting: Humbles us before God, and can get God’s attention (1 Kings 21) Is beneficial when seeking God’s protection of our families (Ezra 8) Is a proper action for mourning, penitence, and prayer unto God  (Nehemiah 1) Is a wise … Continue reading

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