Peter’s fast is one of the two summer fasts, which begins a week after the Holy Trinity. In 2022, the beginning of an important event falls on June 20. During fasting, believers refuse to eat food of animal origin. The Petrov Post is allowed to eat fish, except for three days in June.
Petrov’s fast begins on June 20. According to tradition, the calculation of its beginning depends on the Holy Trinity, which, in turn, is celebrated 50 days after Easter. Since these great feasts do not have fixed dates, Peter’s fast also takes place at different times. Its duration is also not the same, ranging from 8 to 42 days. In 2022, the Petrov fast will begin on June 20 and last for 22 days, until July 11 (inclusive).
What is the meaning of Peter’s post?
The meaning of Peter’s fast, also called Apostolic, is the preparation for the feast of the holy apostles Peter and Paul. At one time, they themselves, preparing for the preaching of Christianity, abstained from food. During fasting, people who follow Orthodox traditions are purified physically and spiritually. One of the missions of Peter’s Lent is to fight the inner passions and sins that kill the soul, in mercy to others. It unites the faithful, strengthens their spirit.
History of the Petrov Post
The roots of Apostolic or Lent go back to ancient times. It is believed that it was once created to pass through this mystery people who for some reason did not fast before Easter.
Peter the Lent had many followers in Constantinople and Rome. Churches dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul were built and consecrated in these cities. According to the scriptures, Apostolic Fasting was finally legalized in Orthodoxy at the end of the 4th-beginning of the 5th century. In Russia, Petrov replaced the Kupala rituals, which originated with paganism.
Traditions of the Apostolic Lent
Peter’s fast, which is not considered very strict, is in one way or another a time of restrictions. They are not just about rejecting food of animal origin. This is a time of deep reflection on the meaning of being, rejecting the commotion and futile acts that can lead to committing sins. Believers spend it in prayer, asking for delight in Jesus Christ for people who have not found their way to the Temple.
During the Petrov fast, people do not eat foods related to animal origin (meat products, eggs, dairy foods). In June 2022, during the Apostolic Lent, they are allowed to eat fish. Exceptions are three days of June, which fall on the 22nd, 24th and 29th. During Peter’s fast it is forbidden:
- Smoking, alcohol consumption. On Saturday and Sunday you can drink some wine.
- Watch leisure activities. Family vacations are excluded, which at this time are more relaxed: without noisy parties, dances, etc.
- To swear, to swear at someone, to envy others, to think evil.
- Guessing, performing pagan rituals related to magic.
- Borrow money.
All negativity must be banished from thoughts. Peter’s post is intended to cleanse the soul from dirt. According to church rules, marriage is not allowed at this time.
When it comes to weddings and marriages, people who follow the orthodox tradition, try to transfer to other numbers that are considered the most favorable. Petrov Post advises to limit the viewing of television programs, communication with the Internet and social networks.
What you can eat on Apostolic Lent
The first summer fast, in contrast to Lent, is not said to be very strict. However, there is no food of animal origin on the fasting menu. It is replaced by cereals, herbs, vegetables, berries, which are in the diet of many people at this time. Dried fruits are welcome, which you can find and consume all year round.
By the way, in the old days the first summer post was called “Petrovka-hunger strike”. The fact is that the food supply at this time of year was exhausted and people had to be limited in many ways.
Who can not fast
Peter’s fast is not allowed to be observed by all lay people. The restrictions do not apply to the elderly, although they tend to fast more than many others. There are a number of pathologies that do not involve such limitations.
These include: diabetes, cancer, diseases related to the organs of the gastrointestinal tract, postoperative period, acute viral diseases. Each case is individual, you can consult doctors who will tell you how to behave during Peter’s fast so as not to harm your health.