Lenten Regulations

Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years old and older on Ash Wednesday and on all the Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday. Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics who are 18 years of age but not yet 59. Those who are bound by this may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if

necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating between meals is not permitted.

By the threefold discipline of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer, the Church keeps Lent from Ash Wednesday until the evening of Holy Thursday. All of the faithful and the catechumens

should undertake the serious practice of these three traditions. Failure to observe penitential days totally or a substantial number of such days must be considered serious.

Our US Bishops issued in 1966 this statement on penitential observance: “On Weekdays of Lent, we strongly recommend participation in daily Mass and self imposed observances of fasting. In light of grave human needs that weigh on the Christian conscience in all seasons, we urge, particularly during Lent, generosity to local, national, and world programs of sharing all things needed to translate our duty to penance into a means of implementing the right of the poor to their part of our abundance.”

Formed Lenten Resources – https://watch.formed.org/lent




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