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FASTING DAYS – Days and season appointed by the Church during which the faithful abstain from meats: Wednesday and Friday throughout the year (except the weeks following Christmas, Easter and Pentecost), Great Lent (7 weeks before Easter), Pre-Christmas Lent (40 days before Christmas); SS. Peter and Paul’s Lent (from one week following the Feast of the Holy Ghost to the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul; the Dormition Lent (August 1-15). Days of strict fasting are: Eve of Christmas, Eve of Epiphany, Beheading of St. John (Aug. 29), and Elevation of the Life-Giving Cross (Sept. 14).