Monday, June 23, 2014

Apostles Fast

A time of growth.

The seed has been planted,
now it sprouts and grows.
Fasting, praying, acts of love, the practicum of the hidden life in Christ.
All Saints day inaugurates.
Feast of the Holy Apostles concludes.

Mismatch of Old (Julian) and New (Gregorian) calendars often reduces this fast to as few days as one for those on the New calendar.
This year an average year, with the New calendar the fast is about two weeks long. Old calendar is always 13 days longer, so this year the fast is about four weeks long.

Why is the Apostles Fast the least popular?
It is not even announced.
It occurs during summer which is vacation and barbecue time
in the Western world.
It is considered nonessential.
What then of a life of sanctification?
What then of the apostolic life?

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Matthew 6:21 KJV

After the time of growth, then the harvest.
After seed time and planting and growth,
the fields are white for harvest.
The Holy Apostles were sent to gather the harvest.
They were themselves prepared.
And what of their disciples?

“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Matthew 9:38 KJV

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