Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

| March 30, 2017 | 4 Comments

fasting and abstinence

Here are the church regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent:

  • Everyone 14 years of age or older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent* and Good Friday.
  • Everyone 18 or older, and under 59 years of age, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
  • On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.
  • Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.

*2017 dispensation for St. Patrick’s Day

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Category: Lent

  • Larry

    And what about seniors age 70 and over?

    • Fisher Juhn

      Well according to this post Vatican II rule, they are only obliged to abstain from meat on ash wednesday, good Friday and Fridays during lent

  • Linda Bourgeois Eschette

    What about the sick and elderly? Are they required not to eat meat?

  • Jerry

    And the purpose and or benefit of these rules are ???? Can someone please give me reason this is required and who decided Catholics need to do this?