Paramone

A Greek term watch, vigil, especially on the eve of a festival. Its equivalent, baramun, is a term generally used for the vigils of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus 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 SATURDAY or SUNDAY, then the paramone begins on Friday because it is not permitted to fast on Saturday or Sunday.

However, the eating of foods listed is prohibited on the two or three days of the . 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-Nafisah fi ‘Ulum al-Kanisah, ed. Viktur Mansur. Cairo, 1902. Trans. into Latin as Margarita de Scientiis Ecclesiasticis by Vincentio Mistrih. Cairo, 1966.

EMIL MAHER ISHAQ