Ember days

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Yesterday, Friday and Saturday are the Ember Days of Whitsuntide 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 always in the week between the third and fourth Sundays of Advent, between the first and second Sundays of Lent, the week between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, and the calendar week after Holy Cross Day (September 14) (the liturgical Third Week of September).

They were marked by fasting and partial abstinence from meat; and 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.


Please consider visiting these links:
The blogging Father Zuhlsdorf has also uploaded a Podcast about Ember Days.

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