The Church has a strong program during this fast put by the Fathers
through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which became to the soul a
source of survival and spiritual filling, and to the Church a source
of communal repentance and deep fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ
in His fast…for Christ fasted for us and with us– and certainly He is
a partner with each fasting soul.
The monks used to take this
opportunity of the holy fast to leave their monasteries to the
wilderness in solitude and in the fullness of the company of the Lord
Jesus and the fellowship of His Holy Spirit. At the end of Lent they
returned to their monasteries (as was recorded for us in the story of
Saint Mary the Egyptian and her meeting with Saint Zosima the priest).