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Come join us for our 2015 Greek Food Festival the weekend of June 26-28! There will be
live music and dance performances late afternoon and evenings and bring your appetite!
Oakmont's Hulton Bridge will be opened the weekend of the festival!
Directions to the Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church using Mapquest.
The 2015 Pittsburgh Summer Greek Festival Guide has been published by Holy Trinity.
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Orthodox Tidbits A History of the Holy Apostle's Fast
The fast of the holy Apostles is very ancient, dating back to the first centuries of Christianity. We have
the testimony of St. Athanasius the Great, St. Ambrose of Milan, St. Leo the Great and Theodoret of
Cyrrhus regarding it. The oldest testimony regarding the Apostles Fast is given to us by St. Athanasius
the Great (†373).
In his letter to Emperor Constance, in speaking of the persecution by the Arians, he
writes: "During the week following Pentecost, the people who observed the fast went out to the cemetery
to pray." "The Lord so ordained it," says St. Ambrose (†397), "that as we have participated in his
sufferings during the Forty Days, so we should also rejoice in his Resurrection during the season of
We do not fast during the season of Pentecost, since our Lord Himself was present amongst us
during those days Christ's presence was like nourishing food for the Christians. So too, during
Pentecost, we feed on the Lord who is present among us. On the days following his ascension into heaven,
however, we again fast" (Sermon 61).
Continued: A History of the Holy Apostle's Fast
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