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Published on Jan 6, 2009
Catherine Alexander speaks with Father Moses of Holy Resurrection Romanian Catholic Monastery in Newberry Springs, CA about feasting in the church year.
Questions Answered: 1. I think most Americans imagine Thanksgiving dinner when they think of a feast. You diet going into it, then schedule the day's eating and sleeping cycles to maximize the amount of food and desserts that can be consumed. Is this what the Church envisions when it speaks of a feast?
2. Some people have a mentality that pleasure or passion in food is antithetical to a holy life, so anything hot, spicy, savory, creamy, or decadent should be eschewed. What role does feasting play in the Christian's life?
3. The Church has some strong symbolisms associated with certain foods. I'd like to run down some of the feasts and ask you to tell us which foods are associated with them and why. -Great Vespers -Transfiguration -Dormition -Meatfare and Cheesefare -St. Basil's Day -Christmas -Pascha (Easter)
4. Does being Eastern Catholic mean you have to like halushki or spanikopita? Or that your Easter basket has to contain chrin or sirecz?
5. How can individual Eastern Catholics celebrate the feasts in their daily lives?
6. What is the important thing to focus on during a feast?
7. Do you have any favorite feasting foods you can share with us?