In the Orthodox Church the Nativity Fast, known in the West as Advent, begins on November 15. Modeled after Great Lent, this is a 40-day fast in preparation for Christmas, the feast of our Lord’s birth. But there is another theme to this season as well. We not only prepare to celebrate the feast of Christ’s first coming into the word. We also use this time to reflect on our readiness to meet him at his second coming.
Today is the feast day of the Holy Prophet Joel, who foretold of the descent of the Holy Spirit of God, fulfilled on the day of Pentecost.
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28)
“Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up your hand. Do not forget the humble.” (Psalm 10:12)
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