[quote="Trebor135, post:7, topic:284055"]
Thanks for the link. I'd like to try the Dormition fast, or at least a modified version--when is it scheduled for this summer?
I must extend a hand of respect to you and all Orthodox who attempt to fulfill the requirements for abstaining from certain items for over six out of twelve months. The whole thing still seems nuts to this Westerner, even while knowing that Orthodox fasts don't entail giving up all food and drink twice a week and more, à la Ramadan.
The Dormition Fast is the two weeks leading up to the Dormition.
As others have said, fasting should be done with supervision of a spiritual father.
Regarding abstaining and fasting, I think the writing of +Fr. Alexander Schmemann of blessed memory is very good. You can read a piece of his on this in his book on googlebooksGreat Lent. See the section on "The Two Meanings of Fasting" (pg 49-52).
We Eastern Catholics also follow the fasts. :) My parish follows the same calendar as the local OCA.
Fasts are preparations, Saturday night in preparation, anticipation for Sunday Holy Eucharist, Dormition Fast is a preparation and anticipation for the Feast Day of the Dormition, one of our 12 Great Feasts. Feast Days occur within a kind of bell curve of anticipation, the Feast, and then the leavetaking. It gives our lives a wonderful rhythm. :)