The True Nature of Fasting

This sense of resurrection joy, so vividly described by Bishop Nikolai, forms the foundation of all the worship of the Orthodox Church; it is the one and only basis for our Christian life and hope. Yet, in order for us to experience the full power of this Paschal rejoicing, each of us needs to pass through a time of preparation. 'We waited,' says Bishop Nikolai, 'and at last our expectations were fulfilled.' Without this waiting, without this expectant preparation, the deeper meaning of the Easter celebration will be lost.

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Psalm 3

LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they
who rise up against me.
Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.”
But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One Who
lifts up my head.
I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill.
I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.
I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves
against me all around.
Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God! For You have struck all my enemies
on the cheekbone; You have broken the teeth of the ungodly.
Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people.