The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance for Tomorrow

  • Rastko Jovic University of Belgrade


The article theologically examines the document on fasting adopted at the Crete Council in 2016. With respect to fasting, as an obligatory practice, we could notice negative consequences in Church life, more than positive ones. For example, Eucharist has been understood as a cult with less relation to the world. It became only a ritual on the periphery of the Church"™s life. The emphasis on food as the most important value has a negative outcome for the relationship between our theology and our clergy. In most cases, obligatory fasting practice strips our Christian identity to an identity based merely around food. For all these reasons, the article advises that the Church should advocate fasting but no longer as an obligatory practice.

Keywords: alienation, Eucharist, Church, lay people, fasting, Kingdom of God

Author Biography

Rastko Jovic, University of Belgrade

Associate Professor, Faculty of Orthodox Theology

How to Cite
JOVIC, Rastko. The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance for Tomorrow. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai Theologia Orthodoxa, [S.l.], v. 62, n. 1, p. 103-114, june 2017. ISSN 2065-9474. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 sep. 2023. doi: