Regulations on Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021, and Good Friday, April 2, 2021, are days of fast and
abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence from meat.
Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics between the ages
of 18 years and 59 years (inclusive). On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two smaller 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, but liquids are allowed.
If possible, the fast on Good Friday is to continue until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as
the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to
share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection.
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older on
Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday.
Note: If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious
reasons, they are urged to practice other forms of self-denial that are suitable to their condition.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and
catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation
for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.

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