A Greek term meaning watch, vigil, especially on the of a festival. Its equivalent, baramun, is a term generally used for the vigils of the Nativity of Our Jesus Christ and of the Epiphany. It is a fast requiring abstention from the eating of fish, meat, eggs, milk, butter, and cheese. If the day before the feast happens to be or SUNDAY, then the paramone begins on Friday because it is not permitted to fast on or Sunday.

However, the eating of foods listed is prohibited on the two or three days of the paramone. Also the readings of the paramone day are repeated if the paramone occurs on more than one day.


  • Ibn Siba‘ Yuhanna ibn Abi Zakariya. Kitab al-Jawharah al- fi ‘Ulum al-Kanisah, ed. Viktur Mansur. Cairo, 1902. Trans. into Latin as Margarita de Scientiis Ecclesiasticis by Vincentio Mistrih. Cairo, 1966.