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Ash Wednesday

 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 

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Lent Prayer Alms FastingToday is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. In keeping with the penitential purpose and character of Lent on Ash Wednesday:

  •  Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat.
  •  Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, in addition to abstaining from meat, should fast, that is, eat only one full meal. Smaller quantities of food may be taken at two other meals, but no food should be consumed at other times today. The obligation of fasting ceases with the celebration of one's 59th birthday.

These practices are designed for spiritual growth. Catholics are not to excuse themselves lightly from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.

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