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Jonah's fasting
Fast of Nineveh

 

A Fish Swallowing a Man Whole? | Jonah - "The Lord, his God" | How many days exactly did the people of Nineveh fast? Is this fast the same as Jonah’s fast? | Readings Recommended during Jonah's Fast | Subtly, God Spoke to Jonah | The Sign of the Prophet Jonah | Jonah the Prophet and the Lord Christ | The Prophet Jonah, the Whale, and the Great City of Nineveh | Jonah and Jesus | The Mystery of Jonah | The Flight of Jonah

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Readings Recommended during Jonah's Fast

 

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, One God, Amen.

St-Takla.org Image: HH Pope Shenouda III صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة قداسة البابا شنوده الثالث

St-Takla.org Image: HH Pope Shenouda III

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: صورة قداسة البابا شنوده الثالث

His Holiness Pope Shenouda III book, "Contemplations on the Holy Book of Jonah the Prophet" is the recommended reading for the three day fast which focuses on the great and saintly prophet Jonah's lesson in surrendering and obediently responding to the Will of the Lord our God. His Holiness' book focuses on the spiritual side of Jonah's quest exploring his human faults, human weaknesses, and human short comings. Throughout the course of the book emphasis is placed upon God's success with the Gentile mariners, the Ninevites, and ultimately with chosen prophet, Jonah. God led all to repentance and to obedience in an individualistic and very successful manner.

The six chapters of "Contemplations on the Holy Book of Jonah the Prophet" address, 1) The Problem of the Fleeing Prophet, 2) Gentile Mariners are Better than Jonah, 3) Jonah in the Belly of the Fish, 4) Nineveh the Great City, 5) Saving Jonah from his Obduracy (Hardheartedness) and Pride, and 6) God in the Holy Book of Jonah
. (this article is copied from St-Takla.org).

His Holiness's writes, "Be careful not to complain whenever you are swallowed by a whale, for the whales of the sea of this world are many. Do not say, "Why do you treat me like this, O Lord? Why did you prepare this whale to swallow me? Where were you, O Lord, when it was swallowing me? And why did you not rescue me?

Know that God's answer is one. 'Do not be afraid. It is enough that you are with Me. Even if you are in the belly of the whale I am with you. I will not disregard you nor abandon you.' Always remember the words of the righteous Abba Paul, "He who flees from tribulation, flees from God."

Let us all during Jonah's Fast pray not to be as Adam and as Jonah thinking we can hide our disobedient actions from the presence of the all knowing Lord our God,

Bishop Youssef
Bishop, Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

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A Fish Swallowing a Man Whole? | Jonah - "The Lord, his God" | How many days exactly did the people of Nineveh fast? Is this fast the same as Jonah’s fast? | Readings Recommended during Jonah's Fast | Subtly, God Spoke to Jonah | The Sign of the Prophet Jonah | Jonah the Prophet and the Lord Christ | The Prophet Jonah, the Whale, and the Great City of Nineveh | Jonah and Jesus | The Mystery of Jonah | The Flight of Jonah

Related pages and links

* The full text of the Holy Bible
* Bible Gallery

* Explaining the Book of Jonah [AR]
* Rituals of Nineveh's Fasting [AR]

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