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  • Gregory J Kopchak
    I went and got myself a couple grocery bags full of fish yesterday. I m ready. Does anyone have favorite or traditional Lenten foods? Rules vary from Diocese
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2008
      I went and got myself a couple grocery bags full of fish yesterday.

      I'm ready.

      Does anyone have favorite or traditional Lenten foods?

      Rules vary from Diocese to Diocese but here are Eastern and Western Rules.



      The law of abstinence forbids the use of meat or meat by-products,
      permitting the use of eggs and dairy products.

      Abstinence is to be observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays during the
      Holy Season of the Great Fast and on Holy Saturday.

      Strict Abstinence

      The law of strict abstinence (fast) forbids the use of meat, eggs and
      dairy products or any of their by-products.

      All of the adult faithful of the Eparchy who receive Holy Communion
      are obliged to observe Strict Abstinence. Those with valid medical
      reasons; pregnant or nursing mothers are not bound to fast.

      Strict Fast and Abstinence is to be observed on the First Day of the
      Great Fast, Monday, February 4th and on Great and Holy Friday, March 21st.


      Pastors and administrators may, for a just cause, grant to the
      individual faithful and to individual families, dispensations or
      commutations of Abstinence and Strict Abstinence into other pious


      I. FAST AND ABSTINENCE (self-denial). To foster a spirit of penance
      and of reparation for sin, to encourage self-denial, and to guide us
      in the footsteps of Jesus, Church law requires the observance of
      fast and abstinence (CIC, 1249-1253).

      1. Abstinence: All persons who have already celebrated their 14th
      birthday, are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all
      Fridays of Lent, except Friday March 14, the solemnity of St. Patrick,
      Co-patron of the Diocese.

      2. Fasting: Everyone, from the celebration of their 18th birthday to
      their 59th birthday, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good
      Friday. Voluntary fasting on other weekdays of Lent, especially on
      Wednesdays and Fridays, is highly recommended. Fasting is generally
      understood to mean eating one full meal each day. Two other partial
      meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken; but together
      they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not
      permitted, but liquids are allowed.

      Other forms of fasting, especially regarding alcoholic drink, needless
      television, video games, internet use, and social entertainment, is of
      true spiritual value and is strongly encouraged. When health or
      ability to work would be seriously affected, neither the law of
      fasting nor the law of abstinence obliges.

      If in doubt, one's parish priest or confessor may be consulted.
      Airport workers, travelers, and others while on board ships or
      airplanes are dispensed from the laws of fast and abstinence for the
      duration of their journey (except on Good Friday). It is desirable
      that they perform some other pious act instead.
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