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Nativity Lent 2018 Message from Bishop Maxim

Nativity Lent 2018 Message from Bishop Maxim

Dear Broth­ers and Sisters,

As we are enter­ing Nativ­i­ty Lent, the Church invites us to observe the fast to the best of your abil­i­ty, in order to par­take of the great cos­mo­genic real­i­ty of Christ’s Incarnation.

Fast­ing is a great spir­i­tu­al endeav­or and the fore­most expres­sion of the Ortho­dox ascetic ide­al. Accord­ing to Basil the Great, fast­ing is as old as human­i­ty itself; it was pre­scribed in paradise.

For this rea­son, the Church has always pro­claimed the great sig­nif­i­cance of fast­ing for our spir­i­tu­al life and sal­va­tion. This dis­ci­pline is there not just as a sea­son­al diet but is a guide to curb oth­er harm­ful aspects of our lives so that we may devel­op a vir­tu­ous life.

I invite you, beloved ones, with the guid­ance of your parish priest, to strive to observe the fast as well as one can, “repeal­ing bad habits and replac­ing them with virtues.”

May our Lord grant to you and your loved ones a blessed and peace­ful Nativ­i­ty lent.

With Love in Christ,
Bish­op Maxim