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Old Nov 27, '04, 6:57 pm
Sir Knight Sir Knight is offline
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Question Not eating meat on Fridays during Advent

Growing up, I seem to clearly recall that we were required to abstain from meat on the Fridays during Advent.

However, nobody seems to remember this and says that I am getting Advent confused with Lent. This may very well be possible but I'm ALMOST certain that I remember seeing fish on the calendar of Fridays during Advent -- indicating no meat.

Does anyone else remember this? I'm making reference to the mid & late 1960's.
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Old Nov 27, '04, 7:21 pm
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Default Re: Not eating meat on Fridays during Advent

We never eat meat on Fridays. Makes it easier to remember.
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Old Nov 28, '04, 2:10 am
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Default Re: Not eating meat on Fridays during Advent

The norm in the US until the 1960's was to abstain from meat on every Friday of the year.

I highly recommend reading On Penance and Abstinence which is the document which official lifted the mandated Friday abstinence. It also has a nice discussion on the reasons for the abstinence in the first place as well as the reason the mandate was lifted (something very few folks know.)
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Old Nov 29, '04, 4:30 am
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Default Re: Not eating meat on Fridays during Advent

We just discussed this during RCIA...Fridays during Advent are Fridays of Abstinence...

Have a great day!
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Old Nov 29, '04, 4:42 am
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Default Re: Not eating meat on Fridays during Advent

Currently in the Eastern Catholic Church, we are in the 40-day pre-Christmas fast.
We are required not to eat meat (or dairy, since dairy comes from animals) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
For the strict fast, this is extended to the entire M-F week.

As for Fridays in general, we are required to fast Every Friday except the Friday of Easter Week OR a major feast day.

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Old Nov 29, '04, 6:05 am
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Default Re: Not eating meat on Fridays during Advent

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We just discussed this during RCIA...Fridays during Advent are Fridays of Abstinence...

Have a great day!
Thank you. I was beginning to have doubts about myself on this one.

Now, can anyone tell me why the calendar doesn't have little fish on the Fridays of Advent but does have fish on the Fridays of Lent?
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Old Dec 3, '04, 12:56 pm
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Default Re: Not eating meat on Fridays during Advent

I am not too sure about the rules for abstaining from meat on Fridays of lent applies. I found this on http://stpeters-troy.tripod.com/id29.html

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Canon Law of the Catholic Church concerning fasting and abstinence for Latin Rite Catholics states:
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Can. 1249 All members of the Christian faithful in their own way are bound to do penance in virtue of divine law; in order that all may be joined in a common observance of penance, penitential days are prescribed in which the Christian faithful in a special way pray, exercise works of piety and charity, and deny themselves by fulfilling their responsibilities more faithfully and especially by observing fast and abstinence according to the norm of the following canons.

Can. 1250 All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the universal Church.

[Although no particular penance is prescribed by the Church (ref Can. 1250), the old discipline of abstinence on all Fridays and of fasting on all weekdays of Lent may be main­tained. If not, it must be replaced by some other form of penance.]

Can. 1251- Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion of the Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ. [Whenever a solemnity (first class feast) falls on a Friday, abstinence is dispensed.]

Can. 1252- All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth year. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.

Can. 1253- It is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety.

[In the United States and many other countries the days of abstinence are Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent. On other Fridays, one is allowed to commute abstinence into an­other form of penance (e.g., the Way of the Cross).]

All other sites I have check basically say the same thing. I am going to repost the question over on Ask an Apologist

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Old Dec 3, '04, 3:33 pm
FrmrTrad FrmrTrad is offline
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I'm such a clod: I avoid meat on Fridays, but today, the first Friday of Advent, I plum forgot, and ate some lovely deer meat someone gave me!
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