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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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TCW STAFF MEMBER | Reply 15.09.2021 20:53

Sep. 15, 2021: Ember Wednesday – Fasting and Partial Abstinence.
Sep. 17, 2021: Ember Friday – Fasting and Complete Abstinence.
Sep. 18, 2021: Ember Saturday – Fasting and Partial Abstinence.

TCW STAFF MEMBER| | Reply 28.05.2021 00:01

May. 26, 2021: Ember Wednesday – Fasting and Partial Abstinence.
May. 28, 2021: Ember Friday – Fasting and Complete Abstinence.
May. 29, 2021: Ember Saturday – Fasting and Partial Abstinence.

Editor of TCW | Reply 24.02.2021 18:57

Feb 24, 2021 - Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence.
Feb 26, 2021 - Fasting & COMPLETE Abstinence.
Feb 27, 2021 - Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence.

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 18.12.2020 08:25

EMBER WEEK - DEC 2020:
Dec 16, 2020 - Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence.
Dec 18, 2020 - Fasting & COMPLETE Abstinence.
Dec 19, 2020 - Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence.

EDITOR OF TCW | Reply 16.09.2020 22:43

EMBER WEEK - SEP 2020:
Sep 16, 2019 - Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence.
Sep 18, 2019 - Fasting & COMPLETE Abstinence.
Sep 19, 2019 - Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence.

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 16.09.2019 12:58

EMBER WEEK - SEP 2019:
Sep 18, 2019 - Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence.
Sep 20, 2019 - Fasting & COMPLETE Abstinence.
Sep 21, 2019 - Fasting & PARTIAL Abstinence.

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 16.03.2019 23:09

Mar. 16, 2019: Ember Saturday (Fasting and Partial Abstinence to be observed.)

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 15.03.2019 16:03

Mar. 15, 2019: Ember Friday (Fasting and Complete Abstinence to be observed.)

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER 15.03.2019 16:17

Hi John, no it does not. Ember Days are days favored for priestly ordinations, prayer for priests, first Communions, almsgiving and other penitential and charitable acts, and prayers for the souls in Purgatory.

John Nicolas 15.03.2019 16:05

Does the fasting and complete abstinence of this day, Ember day, add anything special to the normal fasting on Friday's during Lent?

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