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Lenten Regulations

posted Jan 6, 2017, 5:40 AM by Diane Lapinski   [ updated Mar 3, 2017, 6:12 AM ]

Liturgical ReflectionThis Wednesday, March 1 is Ash Wednesday when the Church begins the forty day journey toward the Triduum (The Three Days) with the annual discipline of fasting, praying and giving alms. Ash Wednesday (March 1) and Good Friday (April 14 are days of fast and abstinence. All Fridays in Lent (March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 & April 7) are days of abstinence.  FASTING  refers to only one full meal, with two small meals and no eating otherwise for the day.   ABSTINENCE refers to not eating meat at all during the day. All who have reached their 14th year are obliged to ABSTAIN. The Church directs the holy FAST to all those in their 18th year until their 60th year (Canon 1252). The ancient practice of fasting and abstaining can occur through other days in Lent. This is not obligatory and can take a variety of forms distinct from food.  2017, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office, 925 S. Logan Blvd, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

 

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