Sunday, March 2, 2014
By Fasting We Return to Paradise
Today we commemorate the Casting of Adam and Eve from Paradise and tomorrow we begin the Great Fast. By eating we were casting out of Paradise. By fasting we return to Paradise. In the Garden only plants were used for food and clothing since animals were given to Adam and Eve for food and clothing only after their sin. In fasting we return to not using meat and animal products. By a tree the stygian serpent conquered and at the end of our fast, he is conquered by a Tree.
PS: So much is fasting a return to Paradise, that we are allowed grapes and olives, but not wine or olive oil.