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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Why Christians fast on Wednesday & Friday

This quote is taken from the The Didache. (70 A.D. - 150A.D.)

Fasting -- Prayers

"1 Let not your fasts be with the hypocrites, for they fast on Mondays and Thursdays, but do you fast on Wednesdays and Fridays.
2 And do not pray as the hypocrites, but as the Lord commanded in his Gospel, pray thus: "Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, as in Heaven so also upon earth; give us to-day our daily bread, and forgive us our debt as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into trial, but deliver us from the Evil One, for thine is the power and the glory for ever." 3 Pray thus three times a day."

The Jews use to fast on Mondays(or maybe tuesday) and Thursdays, Now I don't know if that was the Temple fast, but Christians fasted on different days. Some feel that Wednesday was a fast day because that was the day Judas betrayed our Lord, and Friday because that was the first day of Passover (when Jesus died).



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