REGULATION FOR GREAT LENT
Then to all Christ said, “Whoever wishes to be my follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in my steps” (Lk 9:23).
The Church has always helped us fulfill these words of Jesus by prescribing very definite penance for all Catholics. Accordingly, the Pope, the Patriarch and the American bishops have outlined obligatory fast and abstinence.
Our Eparchial Regulations are:
- Ash Monday (February 27, 2017) and Great Friday (Good) Friday (April 14, 2017) are days of abstinence for all Catholics over the age of 14.
On these two days, fast as well as abstinence is also obligatory for those from the ages of 18-59. Abstinence means abstinence from meat and meat products.
Fast means no food from midnight to noon – except for plain water. No Catholic will lightly excuse himself or herself from this obligation.
- All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat (and meat products) for everyone 14 years of age and older. Here again Catholics will not hold themselves lightly excused, but if there is a serious health problem, this obligation would not apply.
- Fasting from midnight to noon daily is optional.
- We strive to make all days of Lent a time of prayer and penance.