Rules for Fasting & Abstinence during Lent

February 06, 2015 Uncategorized

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Ash Wednesday & all the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence for Catholics.  Ash Wednesday and Good Friday also are days of fasting.  Here are the rules governing these obligations:

Abstinence:  In the US, all who have reached their 14th birthday are obliged to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Fasting:  On the days of fast, only one full meal may be taken.  Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken but together may not add up to a second full meal.  Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.  The obligation to fast binds all between their 18th & 59th year.