Ember Wednesday

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Today, Friday and Saturday are the Ember Days of Lent under the classical Roman Calendar. Their observance is no longer required by many Catholic bishops conferences, however they are naturally of benefit and merit.

Ember Days were marked by fasting and partial abstinence from meat; ordinations were often conferred at this time. "During these times the Church had a threefold focus: (1) sanctifying each new season by turning to God through prayer, fasting and almsgiving; (2) giving thanks to God for the various harvests of each season; and (3) praying for the newly ordained and for future vocations to the priesthood and religious life".

Pray for Vocations at this time!

Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into His harvest.

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