Lent is a special time of year for many reasons, but most importantly, it’s a way for Catholics and Christians alike to seek forgiveness for their sins and begin preparation for the death and resurrection of our Lod and Savior, Jesus Christ. But did you know that Lent is a season with its own set of rules and regulations?
Here’s an easy-to-understand explanation of each of them to help guide you through these six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday.
- On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, all Catholics ages 18 to 59 inclusive are obligated to observe a sacred fast, that is taking only one full meal during the day and not eating between meals. In addition, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, all Catholics, 14 years of age and older, are obliged to refrain from eating meat. (It is permitted to eat eggs and milk products, as well as condiments even if made from animal fat.)
- All the Fridays of Lent are likewise days of abstinence on which all Catholics, 14 years of age and older, are obliged to refrain from eating meat.
- The time for fulfilling the Paschal (Easter) Duty extends from the First Sunday of Lent, March 1, 2020 to the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, June 7, 2020.
There are no obligations or fasts during the weekdays of Lent; however, we are all encouraged to participate in Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist as often as we can.