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An Explanation of Ember Days

THE EMBER DAYS

 

Ember days are four separate sets of three days within the same week — specifically, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday — roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that are formerly set aside for fasting and prayer. These four sets of Ember-Weeks are the fasts of the four seasons.

 

The Ember-days (so called from the custom of our forefathers: fasting on those days in sackcloth and ashes, or from their eating nothing but cakes baked under the embers) are Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of the first Week of Lent, of Whitsun-Week (Pentecost-Week), of the third Week in September (after the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – September 14), and of the third Week in Advent (after the feast of St. Lucy – December 13). The spirit of the Church is to engage her children, at these stated times, to pray, fast, and perform such other good works, as may prevail with God to furnish his Church with good Pastors; Saturday in Ember-Week being the appointed day for ordaining and consecrating persons to the Sacred Ministry. We are likewise to beg God’s blessing on the fruits of the earth, and give him thanks for those we have already received.

 

Nature of Fasting & Abstinence on Ember Days:

Ember Wednesday - Fasting & Partial Abstinence.

Ember Friday - Fasting & Complete Abstinence.

Ember *Saturday - Fasting & Partial Abstinence.

 

*If a Vigil falls on a Sunday, then the Fasting and Complete 
Abstinence needs to be observed on the Saturday preceding. 

 

Also read: Church law on Fasting & Abstinence.

 

 

Sweet Heart of Mary, be or Salvation (300 days' Indulgence)

 


(Source: Church Approved website: The Archconfraternity
of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. See: www.aihmary.com)

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Stephanie R Montgomery | Reply 21.12.2017 10.38

This is such a great post that you are providing ...Thanks for this valuable information.

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 20.12.2017 00.15

Ember Days this Week! EMBER WEDNESDAY (Dec 20) - Fasting & Partial Abstinence. EMBER FRIDAY (Dec 22) - Fasting & Complete Abstinence. EMBER SATURDAY (Dec 23) Fasting & Complete Abstinence.

John Nicolas | Reply 11.06.2017 06.27

I am grateful for this inspirational lesson, on what to pray for during these days For holy Priests,God's Blessing on fruits of earth, and thanksgiving

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 10.06.2017 07.49

June 10, 2017: EMBER SATURDAY - Fasting & Partial Abstinence. Read more about the Laws on Fasting & Abstinence at: http://www.aihmary.com/433762874

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 09.06.2017 05.39

June 9, 2017: EMBER FRIDAY - Fasting & Complete Abstinence. Read more about the Laws on Fasting & Abstinence at: http://www.aihmary.com/433762874

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 07.06.2017 03.33

June 7, 2017: EMBER WEDNESDAY - Fasting & Partial Abstinence. Read more about the Laws on Fasting & Abstinence at: http://www.aihmary.com/433762874

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 11.03.2017 09.33

Today (March 11th) is an Ember Day - a day of Fasting & Partial Abstinence. Read/learn more about the Church's laws on Fasting & Abstinence at: http://www.aihmary.com/433762874

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