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Friday, November 24, 2006
Friday, the day Our Savior was condemned to death

O King of Glory, have mercy on us sinners!

Today is Friday, the day we commemorate Our Lord's passion and death. It was our own sins that condemned Our Glorious Lord to death - death on a Cross. As Catholics, we are still bound to either abstain from meat today or rather to do some act of penance. It was on this day of the week that Our Glorious Redeemer died for us. Please, never forget this, especially at 3 o'clock, the hour that He died. At 3 o'clock attempt to pray the 3 o'clock Mercy Prayer. Please remember Our Lord's love and repent today.

Please join me in praying the Stations of the Cross. Remember, it was on this day that He gave up His life all for you.  

Code of Canon Law:
Canon 1251: "Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the episcopal conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday."
Canon 1253 provides an exception to the rule - and, perhaps, an explanation for the cultural shift: "The episcopal conference can determine more particular ways in which fasting and abstinence are to be observed. In place of abstinence or fasting it can substitute, in whole or in part, other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety."

So today please either abstain from meat or rather perform another act of penance, as it was on Friday that Our Lord died for us.
Prayer to the Glorious Cross:

I adore You, O glorious Cross, which was adorned with the Heart and Body of my Savior Jesus Christ, stained and covered with blood. I adore You, O Holy Cross, out of love for Him, Jesus, who is my Savior and my God.

(Pope Pius IX declared that reciting this prayer five times on Friday will free five souls from Purgatory and 33 souls by reciting it on Good Friday. This prayer should be recited before a crucifix with a contrite heart and praying a few minutes for the Pope).

Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified:

My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before you asking you most earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. As I reflect upon your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall the words the prophet David spoke long ago concerning yourself: they have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all my bones!


del_button August 31, 2006 at 8:26 PM
Tim said...

Er, didn't Vatican II change the meatless Friday practice?

del_button August 31, 2006 at 8:40 PM
Moneybags said...

We have to perform some penance each Friday which can be abstaining from fish. That doesn't mean we have to chose that penance - we can have a different one. But we MUST perform some kind of penance or it is sinful.

del_button September 1, 2006 at 3:54 AM
Tito said...

That is correct Moneybags.

The exceptions are those that are unable to, not a loophole to avoid.

Anyways, I'm still trying to decide between a cheese pizza, fish-and-chips, or sushi.

I'll pray on it.

del_button October 20, 2006 at 4:00 PM
CatholicGal said...

Vatican II changed the Friday practice, but Vatican II wasn't dogmatic - it was only a pastoral council.

We should still abstain from meat on Fridays, it's a small penance that we can easily handle...better to do our purgatory here on earth than elsewhere! ;-)

del_button October 21, 2006 at 3:09 PM
Anonymous said...

no meat for me on fridays :D not a lot of people actually do this or abstain from something else, but more and more people are starting to!

del_button October 27, 2006 at 11:37 PM
Esther said...

Our family abstains every Friday, year round. We tried doing other penances but now stick to meatless Fridays.

del_button October 28, 2006 at 9:05 AM
Moneybags said...


My family and I do the same thing - abstrain from meat year round on Fridays.

del_button November 10, 2006 at 1:22 PM
FloridaWife said...

Despite years and years of CCD, I was not aware of year-round meatless Fridays.

Catholicgirl quote: "better to do our purgatory here on earth than elsewhere!" That's a great way to put it!!

Moneybags, as always, your blog posts are very educational to me in expanding my Faith. God bless you for this service.

del_button November 10, 2006 at 6:12 PM
Moneybags said...

I'm so glad to hear that my blog posts have helped you!

del_button November 24, 2006 at 6:39 AM
Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. Just had a conversation about it with #2 son. This will help in the ongoing discussion.
We have been going meatless on Fridays since last year when we invited friends over to help us with Thanksgiving leftovers on Friday. They were gracious about it but we learned they chose the next day, Saturday, to follow their abstinence. That was quite a witness to us. This year, we've saved the leftovers and will have them all over on Saturday instead of Friday so that we can all observe the abstinence from meat.

del_button November 24, 2006 at 5:52 PM
Anonymous said...

just a little fyi, Pope Pius XII gave American Catholics a dispensation from abstaining the friday after thanksgiving.

del_button November 24, 2006 at 6:01 PM
Moneybags said...

Anonymous, I was unaware of the dispensation. Thank you for the information.

del_button November 25, 2006 at 1:05 AM
katoliko said...

no problem, i should really make an alias for myself, ok, i guess i'll start now

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