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Fasting & Abstinence During Lent

How do we observe these disciplines during Lent?

Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and Catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and preparation for initiation into the Church or the renewal of Baptism Promises at Easter.

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence.
  • All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all those 18 years of age and older who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

Abstinence is observed by all those 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed.

Note that when health or the ability to work would be seriously affected, Church law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fasting and abstinence, see the pastor.

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