Time for fasting and medation.
We actually have a longer break than usual between Christmas and Lent this year, but, yes, it is time to be thinking about Lent!
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5th this year, and Easter is on April 20. In between–Lent (well, and the Triduum. Technically Lent ends on Holy Thursday before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.)
For adult Catholics (as in, those who have to fast and abstain): We abstain from meat every Friday of Lent, as well as Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are also days of fasting, which means that we eat one “regular” meal and two smaller meals that do not, together, equal a full meal. (In monastic parlance, these smaller meals are sometimes called collations). Here’s what the USCCB says about fast and abstinence:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for…
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