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What are the Lenten Regulations and Why do We Have Them?

Mar. 02, 2019

As Jesus fasted 40 days in the desert, the Church traditionally fasts during Lent.  A form of bodily prayer, fasting and abstinence in union with other Christians reminds us of our utter dependence on and love for God.  A gesture of repentance, fasting is symbolic of a change of heart as we turn away from sin to live in fidelity to the Gospel.

Lenten Regulations

Fasting:  Ages 18-59 fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, limiting themselves to one full meal and two smaller meals each day, with no snacking between meals.

Abstinence:  Catholics age 14 and older abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent.

Almsgiving: It is suggested that you save up your loose change during Lent for donation to the poor. 


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