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The Fast of Nineveh: A Tradition of Spiritual Renewal

The Fast of Nineveh, also known as the Fast of Jonah or the Rogation of the Ninevites, is a significant tradition in the Christian faith, particularly in the Church of the East and Oriental Orthodox Churches. It is observed in remembrance of the repentance of the city of Nineveh, as described in the book of Jonah in the Bible.

The fast typically begins three weeks before the start of the Great Lent and lasts for three days, from Monday to Wednesday. Christians abstain from all food and drink, focusing instead on prayer, repentance, and acts of charity. It is a period of spiritual preparation for the Great Lent that follows.

May this tradition of spiritual renewal bring us closer to God and strengthen our connection with one another.

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Whether it’s funding scholarships for students, developing our academic programs, or growing our resources, your donation has the power to leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of our students.

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Support our Mission

At Agora University, we believe in the impact of Orthodox education — an experience that not only enlightens minds but also shapes souls. Our commitment to providing unique and impactful programs is made possible by the generosity of our donors.

Your contribution reaches far into the lives of our students, equipping them with the education they need to become leaders who make a positive impact in their communities.

Whether it’s funding scholarships for students, developing our academic programs, or growing our resources, your donation has the power to leave an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of our students.

Donate Now and join our mission towards preparing a generation of thoughtful, informed, and impactful leaders.

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Meet the Faculty of Holy Transfiguration College

Michael Wingert, Ph.D.

Dean of Holy Transfiguration College & Associate Professor of Old Testament and Syriac Studies

Ani Shahinian, D.Phil.

Associate Professor of Armenian Studies and Apologetics

Fr. Mebratu Gebru, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Liturgical Theology

Fr. Jacob Joseph, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Christian Mission

Michael Wingert, Ph.D.

Dean of Holy Transfiguration College & Associate Professor of Old Testament and Syriac Studies

Ani Shahinian, D.Phil.

Associate Professor of Armenian Studies and Apologetics

Fr. Mebratu Gebru, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Liturgical Theology

Fr. Jacob Joseph, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Christian Mission
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