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Catholic Activity: Lenten Fasting Regulations

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DIRECTIONS

1) Abstinence on all the Fridays of Lent, and on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

2) Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

3) Friday Abstinence Outside of Lent.

It should be noted that Fridays throughout the year are designated days of penance. The Code of Canon Law states that Friday is a day of abstinence from meat throughout the year. The American Bishops have allowed us to choose a different form of penance rather than abstaining from meat, but there must be some form of penance, for this is the day we commemorate Christ's suffering and death. The bishops stress that "[a]mong the works of voluntary self-denial and personal penance...we give first place to abstinence from flesh meat" (Pastoral Statement on Fasting and Abstinence).

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