Joy of Fasting


Welcome to the “Joy of Fasting” web page!

The Joy of Fasting seeks to support its members, the parishioners of Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, to “present a good fast, well-pleasing to the Lord!”

All recipes on this webpage contain ingredients specific to the discipline of fasting. After consulting with a Spiritual Elder/Priest, select an appropriate level of fasting. We invite you to enjoy the plethora of recipes which have been accumulated.The levels of Fasting in the Orthodox Church are as follows:

    • Meat, dairy, and eggs—the first to go
    • Fish—the next level
    • Olive oil and any other oil
    • Xerophagia:dry foods only—the last level and only undertaken with the guidance of your spiritual elder for specific reasons

At the bottom of each recipe page, a brief scriptural passage, or quote from the Philokalia extols the merits and spiritual joys of fasting.The quotations are meant to serve as inspiration and encouragement while we prepare meals which not only nourish our family, but also honor the Orthodox tradition of Fasting.

Again, welcome to the “Joy of Fasting” webpage.We hope the recipes are a blessing to your fasting efforts.Please share a recipe with us and join us in spirit as we “each keep the fast as we are able”.

Note:For recipe submission, please contact Michelle Broussard-Hanes

at orthodoxbelle@gmail.com.


Fasting and the Kingdom of God

“Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food–and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.” (1Cor. 6:13) “For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;” (Rom. 14:17)

Fasting is a spiritual exercise that cleanses the soul and lifts it up to meet its creator. Fasting, however, has to be accompanied by Faith, Prayer, Almsgiving, Repentance and Forgiveness.

Please browse these webpages and learn more about Fasting in the Orthodox Church. Check out the Lenten Recipes collected here, contributed by parishioners of Holy Transfiguration.

Click here to download a PDF document of “The Fasts of the Orthodox Church”.

St Euphrosynos The Cook, Our Patron Saint of Joy of Fasting

(Please click on the above listed link to review the Icon and information regarding the Patron Saint of the Joy of Fasting Group.)