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Your Spirituality During the Holy Fifty Days

pope shenouda iii

Truly, the Holy Fifty Days (El-Khamasin) are days of joy, no fasting and no prostration, even on Wednesdays and Fridays... But we can also be spiritual during joy... Otherwise, how are you going to be spiritual in paradise, and the Kingdom of Heaven, where there is eternal joy?!...

What you miss of fasting and prostration could be substituted by more prayers, more spiritual readings, more meditation, more hymns and singing psalms, following the Bible’s saying, “Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms... ” (James 5:13)

 

You could also be nourished by contemplating on God’s love which created salvation... the love of God who wanted to spend forty days with His disciples, after the resurrection, “...being seen by them during forty days and speaking of things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” (Act 1: 3)

During this period, exercise talking to God and be in His presence, by reading psalms, having personal prayers and thanking God for His amazing salvation... Keep away from anything that could hinder you from being in the divine presence...

Live a life of joy in the Lord. But do not make your joy a physical one, by being extravagant in eating. Breaking the fast does not mean persevering in the desire of food. Self control is also needed while not fasting... 

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