November 20, 2013 + Fasting that Brings Forth Fruit
by St. John Chrysostom
Do not say to me, I fasted for so many days. I did not eat this or I did not eat that. I did not drink wine, that I endured want. Instead, show me if thou, from an angry man, has become instead gentle. If from a cruel man, thou hast become benevolent. If thou art filled with anger, why oppress thy flesh? If hatred and avarice are within thee, of what benefit is it that thou drinkest water instead of wine? Do not show forth a useless fast, for fasting alone does not ascend to heaven.
Forefeast of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos
Today Anna bequeaths joy to all instead of sorrow by bringing forth her fruit, the only ever-Virgin. In fulfillment of her vow, today with joy she brings to the temple of the Lord the true temple and pure Mother of God the Word.
Kontakion, Tone 4
Today the universe is filled with joy at the glorious feast of the Mother of God, and cries out: "She is the heavenly heavenly tabernacle."