Cutting Away Thorns

Why Fasting Precedes the Feast

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Fasting at this time of year is a foreign concept to the world, but the Church knows that it is a sure means of preparing to celebrating the Feasts and great mysteries of our faith to the fullest. Join us as we discover a deeper “why” for fasting as we approach the Great Feast of the Lord’s Nativity.


Hierodeacon Moses Wright
Hierodeacon Moses Wright

Father Moses is one of the founders of Holy Resurrection Monastery in Nazianz, Wisconsin, where he has been the main chef since 1995. His journey to the monastery can be attributed in part to his career as a chef. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, Father Moses worked in New York hotels and restaurants, as a chef on private yachts, and operating his own catering business before joining the monastery. His culinary experience has allowed Father Moses to be able to serve the brothers and the many guests of Holy Resurrection Monastery delicious, soul-feeding hospitality!