Jonah’s Fast & Feast

Every year, two weeks before the fast of great Lent, is the three day fast of Jonah.

This year it will be from Monday 10th February till Wednesday 12th February. This fast follows the strict dietary rules of Lent. There will be two liturgies each day of the fast: the first from 8.30-11.30am and the second from 5-7pm.

The following day – Thursday 13th February, is the feast of Jonah; liturgy on that day will be as usual from 6-8am.

May the prayers of the Prophet Jonah and the blessings of this holy fast bring to our hearts, minds, and spirits the true love, mercy, longsuffering nature, and compassion of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us use these three days to offer repentance from our hearts, as did the Ninevites, seeking the forgiveness of our sins. Let us give thanks to the Lord who prepares our way for us through all tribulations and trials, as He prepared the belly of the whale for Jonah. Let us put ourselves before our Lord, as humble obedient and faithful servants of the One True God, seeking to hear the message that He desires to give to the world through us.

So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them. Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it. Jonah 3:5,10

Learn how delighted He [God] is when fasting is honoured. Like a heavenly power overseeing Nineveh's charge, fasting snatched the city from the gates of death and returned Nineveh to Life - St. John Chrysostom

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