One of the 12 apostles, St. When they opened the tomb and found it empty, the apostles said they will fast these two weeks (in August) in order to be able to see this vision for themselves as well. This is believed to be the story and reason as to why Copts fast these two weeks dedicated to the Virgin Mary in August.
Why do we fast 15 days for St Mary?
It was at this time that the Angels accompanied by John the Apostle had taken Saint Marys body to be buried under the Tree of Life. The other Apostles having not witnessed this personally decided to pray and fast for 15 days in order for God to reveal the place where Saint Marys body had been buried.
What is St Marys fast?
The Fast of the Dormition of the Mother of God This fast is fifteen days long and precedes the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God. This fasting period is fasted to ask for the intercessions of Mary, mother of Jesus. It begins on 1 Mesori (August 7) and ends on 16 Mesori (August 22).
Did the Virgin Mary fast?
This fast is 15 days long and precedes the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Dormition of the Theotokos). The fast of the Virgin is an occasion for spiritual revival within the Church. The Church prepares a spiritual program that includes daily sermons, praises and liturgies for the Virgin.
How old was Mary when Jesus died?
While unproven, some apocryphal accounts state that at the time of her betrothal to Joseph, Mary was 12–14 years old. According to ancient Jewish custom, Mary could have been betrothed at about 12. Hyppolitus of Thebes says that Mary lived for 11 years after the death of her son Jesus, dying in 41 AD.
Why do you say 10 Hail Marys in the rosary?
Ten has the meaning of totality and unity, meaning that each one of Christs mysteries is part of his total person and work and expresses its unity and totality, as well as its thorough contemplation by the person who says this decade of the rosary.