Tomorrow begins the Nativity Fast. A forty day observance of fasting, praying and alms giving to prepare ourselves to receive The King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Before we get into the main topic of this post, I wanted to tell you of an alms giving alternative you might be interested in. One of our local grocery stores has a program that allows you to donate money toward a needy family fund so that they can have a nice Thanksgiving dinner. When you are at the register being run up, you can have them add $1, $5, or $10 to your order (of course you can go higher than $10 if you wish). Easy peasy. Back to our post.
If you are looking for a study to do during the Fast, I have a recommendation for you: Orthodoxmom has a study. I placed a link in her website name.
I have an extra bit of information I going to put a link to HERE. This information is about the visions Moses had while on Mt. Sinai. Why have I included this information? In the introduction to the Advent Study, Sylvia talks about holy Tradition and the its connection to why the Orthodox fast for 40 days before Christmas and Pascha (Easter). I am not going to reveal it here. Perhaps some of you already know the reason why. The link talks about Adam and Eve and their time in the Garden before the fall. There, I have perhaps said too much.
I encourage you to pick up this study from, Sylvia. The days before Christmas can quickly become hectic and out of control. It is a good idea to have biblical structure especially in light of our current situation. Let us prepare ourselves for the coming of our king and Savior with prayer and the study of scripture to go with our fasting and alms giving. Who is with me?