Lenten Abstinence and Fasting


Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics 14 years and older on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays* of Lent, including Good Friday.


Fasting is to be observed by all Catholics over the age of 18, but not yet 59, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those bound by this may only take one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted to maintain strength according to one’s needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal practices. (Those who are ill, pregnant, on medication or special diets for health concerns, or who work at extremely physical jobs, may be exempt from these regulations.)

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