The Copts rigorously observe complete from food or drink from the previous evening until is celebrated. This is not a regular fast in the sense of abstaining from certain categories of nutritious elements, but a complete rejection of any solid or liquid material from touching the mouth. On the same principle, this fast is equally observed on the occasion of , ordination, dedication, and .

states that the early Egyptian sometimes celebrated Holy Communion after eating, but adds that that was not a general practice and was probably followed in the case of the celebration of mass twice in the morning and in the evening of the same day.

The , among canonical works, prescribes this category of fasting in the East.


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