In the Name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit; One God, Amen!
Church Holy Days
Saints’ days and other Feast Days were established by the church herself. ~+~ Some go back to apostolic times and others are of later origin. There is a great number of feasts in the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church.
In addition to these, there is the fast of repentance which a man keeps after committing sin, it being imposed as a penance by the priest for 7 days, 40 days or 1 year. ~The priest rarely grants dispensations. ~ The person who ignores or neglects any injunction of the church is not considered good Christian. ~+~ (Pregnant women, the very ill or persons with chronic illness are excused from fasting)
The 7 Official Fasts
The 7 Official Fasting periods for lay persons. +All persons above the age of 7 observe the church fasts. + There is a fast of desire which a man keeps if he thinks that he will subdue his body by extra good works. + There is a fast which a Bishop keeps at the time he is consecrated. + There is a 40 days fast for all new monks/nuns, beginning the day of consecration continues to seclusion. + Monks/Nuns observe additional fast days not required of the lay people.