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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Meatless Fridays during Eastertide

Today is Friday, the day in which we commemorate Our Lord's passion and death. It was our own sins that condemned our glorious Lord to death on Good Friday - death on a Cross. As Catholics, we are still bound to either abstain from meat or rather to do some act of penance each Friday in the entire year. 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.

Code of Canon Law:

Can. 1249 All Christ's faithful are obliged by divine law, each in his or her own way, to do penance. However, so that all may be joined together in a certain common practice of penance, days of penance are prescribed. On these days the faithful are in a special manner to devote themselves to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity, and to deny themselves, by fulfilling their obligations more faithfully and especially by observing the fast and abstinence which the following canons prescribe.
Can. 1250 The days and times of penance for the universal Church are each Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.
Can. 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. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
Can. 1252 The law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year. The law of fasting binds those who have attained their majority, until the beginning of their sixtieth year. Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.
Can. 1253 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.

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 April 24, 2014 at 11:22 PM
William Barrocas said...


del_button April 25, 2014 at 8:32 PM
Tom Policinski said...

Im one of those trads who doesn't subscribe to thinking meat is traditionally ok, today. However, Im seeking proof, to show those who think there is some ancient allowance of it, today. Going off the canons you quote, the line directly after your emphasis mentions an exemption to abstinence on solemnities. I know many in the non-abstinence crowd think they are justified because, supposedly, today is a solemnity. Would they be right? My instinct is that, despite misinformation, today is in fact not a solemnity, at least not in the traditional calendar. Do you know the liturgical rank for today, especially how it is ranked in the pre-1955, 1962, and novus ordo calendars? Or are there any other pre-conciliar sources which speak to maintaining absence, today?

del_button April 25, 2014 at 9:28 PM
Matthew said...

In the 1917 Code of Canon Law which most Traditionalists like to subscribe by since it is just a more strict Law than the one promulgated in 1983, all Fridays are required days of abstinence unless a Holy Day of Obligation would fall on the Friday. Today is Easter Friday and that was not a Holy Day of Obligation

del_button April 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM
Tom Policinski said...

Thank you very much! I did some looking, and found it at Can 1252 of the 1917 Code.

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