“Sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly” is the word of GOD spoken though His Prophet Joel. How can we “Sanctify a fast”, and what is the sound aim of fasting, and the sound way to fast? How should the practical aspects of fasting be dealt with, such as hunger and the period of abstention? What life changes should be made during the fast to make it a fast that is acceptable to GOD? What virtues are twinned with fasting, and what spiritual training is beneficial in this period?
In this book, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III (1923-2012), 117th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, who lived for many years the life of a solitary monk in the deserts of Egypt, draws on numerous years of personal experience of fasting, to answer these questions and many more.