Fasting and Abstinence

The Discipline of 1962

Laws of Days of Abstinence

  • Applies on one’s 7th birthday

  • Complete abstinence: all Fridays of the year, Ash Wednesday, Holy Saturday, and the Vigil of Christmas.

  • Partial Abstinence (meat and soup or gravy made from meat permitted once a day at the principal meal): all the days of Lent, the Ember Days of Wednesday and Saturday, and the Vigils of Pentecost and Assumption.

  • Abstinence from meat is dispensed on Holy Days of Obligation.

Laws of Fast

  • Applies for those aged 21 to 59, inclusive.

  • Days of Lent from Ash Wednesday inclusive, Ember Days, and Vigils of Christmas, Pentecost, and the Assumption.

  • One full meal permitted, and two other meals may be taken which, when combined, are less than a full meal.

The Law of the Eucharistic Fast

            The complete fast from all food and drink (except water or medicine) for three hours before the reception of Holy Communion.  Those who are able to maintain the midnight fast, which was the previous discipline, are still encouraged to do so. (FSSP)


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