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Sunday, December 24, 2006
Christmas Eve: Fasting and Abstience

Christmas Eve (before the Vigil Mass) is a day of fasting and abstinence. The 1983 Code of Canon Law eliminated this fast altogether, but traditional Catholics still keep the fast, eating seafood (the Italians eat fish -- often seven of them!), noodles, other forms of pasta, etc. for the Christmas Eve Supper.
Note: This doesn't apply when Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday.


del_button December 24, 2006 at 12:47 PM
Jeff Miller said...

How can you keep a fast when the Fourth Sunday of Advent is also a feast day itself?

del_button December 24, 2006 at 1:01 PM
Moneybags said...


Remember this fast is no longer required by Church law. It is optional. And I'm assuming that the Vigil of a Solemnity would override a feastday like the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

del_button December 24, 2006 at 1:35 PM
Anonymous said...

Ermmm...Even in the Traditional Calendar, fasting/abstinence is not observed on a Sunday, in honour of the Resurection of our Lord. I think the author of this blog seems to be a little confused over days of penance. I could still remember you advising people to do abstinence on the Feast of the Solemnity of Immaculate Conception (which happens to be a 1st Class Feast in Traditional Calendar); no abstinence is required if 1st Class feasts fall on a Friday. Please do not be over-scrupulous.

del_button December 24, 2006 at 1:57 PM
Peter said...

Merry Christmas MB!

del_button December 24, 2006 at 2:40 PM
Saint Peter's helpers said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! God bless you!

del_button December 24, 2006 at 5:42 PM
Esther said...

Anonymous: MB is not confused. The Church has not done away with penances on Fridays and he posted about not abstaining on a Friday of a Solemnity, if I remember correctly.

Have a very blessed and Mele Kalikimaka MB.

del_button December 28, 2006 at 8:27 PM
Anonymous said...

Fisheaters is a site run by schismatics and quoting their site decreases the legitmacy of your site.

del_button December 28, 2006 at 9:20 PM
Moneybags said...

Fish Eaters does favor the Tridentine Mass, but I have never heard they are run by schismatics.

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