Question of the Day for Monday, July 1, 2013
Q. In an older Catholic book, I stumbled across the term “ember days.” What were those, and does the Church recognize them anymore?
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
Ember days were four Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays designated for prayer, fasting and at least partial abstinence. Although they had special liturgical prayers, which focused on God’s mercy and reconciliation, the character of ember days was rooted in agricultural themes of planting, growth and harvest. Thus they were observed during the weeks beginning the seasons: after the First Sunday of Lent, in the octave of Pentecost, after the feast of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14) and after the Third Sunday of Advent.
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