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Current Fasting Periods of Syriac Orthodox Church and the Church of the East

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I am looking for someone to correctly inform me of the current fasting periods of the Syriac Church and the Church of the East and their duration. I have read some older English sources that seem note quite correct (For example, it lists the Fast of Elijah for the Church of the East in the fall before the 25 day Nativity fast - I have never heard of this.)
 

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It's my article in Polish, but you can read via Google Translate - it's about calendars in Eastern rites, last part "ryty syriackie" (syriac rites) is abotu this big liturgical family. And the last paragrpah of it (before bibliography) called "posty" ("fasts") gives an idea. I'm not so specialist in those rites, but as for the Polish sources, I have more knowledge than many others, that's the reason I wrote it. I hope it's correct. And in bibliography you have sources in English, so it may be helfpul.
 

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I don't know all the details, but I believe the fast of Elijah was really only a monastic thing. I think each of the seasons of the East Syriac calendar had fasts of varying lengths, at least among monastics. However, the season of Elijah is in the late summer before the season and feast of the Cross; nowadays, this period and the one following is more or less treated as one unit, "Elijah-Cross-Moses." Sadly, the monastic tradition in the East Syriac world has been greatly reduced in recent centuries.

This article by the Syro-Malabar priest Fr. Joseph Alencherry might be of interest.
 
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