Jonah’s Fast, also known as the Fast of the People of Nineveh
“I cried out to the Lord because of my affliction, And He answered me. “Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, And You heard my voice.”(Jonah 2: 2)
The Coptic Orthodox Church fasts in commemoration of the fast of the Prophet Jonah in the belly of the fish and of the People of Nineveh for 3 days starting on Monday, February 15, 2021 – Wednesday, February 17, 2021 with the prayers of the Divine Liturgy From 9:00 AM -12:00 Noon. The church celebrates the Feast of Jonah on February 18, 2021. with the prayer of the Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
The Prophet Jonah’s endurance and prayer in the belly of the big fish became a pattern for Christian asceticism, which was realized, for instance, in the life of Basil the Great (Saint Gregory of Nazianzus)
Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church wishes you a blessed Fast and Feast of Jonah.