I have a question for any of our Orthodox Christian brothers or sisters on this forum.
(My question concerns the fasting practice of the eastern/Chalcedonian Orthodox churches)
I’ve read about your fasting standards online and have discovered discrepancies in the specifics of the Apostles’ Fast and the Nativity Fast (before it’s heightened).
One source says that this is the norm for these fasts:
SATURDAY/SUNDAY: Fish, oil, and wine allowed
TUESDAY/THURSDAY: Oil and wine allowed
MONDAY/WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY: Strict fasting (from meat, eggs, dairy, fish, oil, alcohol)
Other sources, however, indicate this as the standard:
SATURDAY/SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY/THURSDAY: Fish, oil, and wine allowed
WEDNESDAY/FRIDAY: Strict fasting (from meat, eggs, dairy, fish, oil, alcohol)
I know that the standards are flexible and that every Orthodox Christian decides what he or she will do on a case-by-case basis in consultation with his or her spiritual father, but what is the ideal?
Does it differ depending on one’s jurisdiction? i.e. which autocephalous Orthodox church you belong to? If so, which churches hold to which set of standards above for these two fasts? If not, why the discrepancy?
Thanks in advance!