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November 14th starts the 40-day Christmas Fasting

November 14th starts the 40-day Christmas Fasting

11/14/2012 8:00:00 AM
November 14th starts the 40-day Christmas Fasting, introduced by the Church later than the Holy Fasting for Easter. In 1166 the Patriarch of Constantinople, Luke Chrysoberges, defined the Christmas Fasting Days to be exactly 40.

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