As we approach the holy season of Lent, I thought it might be good to provide the Lenten Regulations for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois recently sent out by the Vicar General:
LENTEN REGULATIONS – Please share with your parishioners the following Lenten regulations:
- ABSTINENCE – Everyone 14 years of age and over is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent.
- FAST– Everyone 18 years of age and under 59 is required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days of fast and abstinence, only one full meatless meal is permitted. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength may be taken according to each person’s needs, but together these two should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids (including milk and fruit juices) are allowed.
- To disregard completely the law of fast and abstinence is seriously sinful.
May this holy season be a time of spiritual renewal for each of us!
Keep in mind that the above regulations are the minimum required for a communal observance of this penitential season. Abstaining from meat or fasting more frequently is allowed and may be spiritually beneficial.