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Old Dec 7, '09, 10:26 am
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Default Holy days of Obligation and Fasting

I am having a bit of trouble finding concrete information as it pertains to fasting and abstinence during Holy days of obligation. Can you let me know what the previous obligations and current obligations on these days are?
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According to Canon Law 1247:
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On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass. Moreover they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body.
According to Canon Law 1246:
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§1. Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition the paschal mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the primordial holy day of obligation. The following days must also be observed: the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension, the Body and Blood of Christ, Holy Mary the Mother of God, her Immaculate Conception, her Assumption, Saint Joseph, Saint Peter and Saint Paul the Apostles, and All Saints.
§2. With the prior approval of the Apostolic See, however, the conference of bishops can suppress some of the holy days of obligation or transfer them to a Sunday.
So basically on top of Sundays, on the following days we should do our holy days obligation:
  • 1 January: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
  • 6 January: the Epiphany
  • 19 March: Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Thursday of the sixth week of Easter: the Ascension
  • Thursday after Trinity Sunday: the Body and Blood of Christ
  • 29 June: Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
  • 15 August: the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 1 November: All Saints
  • 8 December: the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • 25 December: the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas)

According to Canon Law:
1250 All Fridays throughout the year, and the time of Lent are penitential times throughout the entire Church.
1251 Fasting requirement is determined by each bishop conferences. Fasting is required on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and should be every Friday all year except when it falls on the above days of obligation.
1251 Who must fast? All between the age of 14 and 60, although all are encourage to observe values that point to repentance.
1253 To reinforce the autonomy of each bishop conference to come up with the most appropriate ways for their faithful to observe fasting and abstinence.
Fasting and abstinence has a connotation to reduction of one's meal or forgoing a certain type of food or ingredient (eg. meat, salt, etc). However, it should be noted that fasting and abstinence should have a spiritual focus and to follow What Jesus Would Do. In no way that we should see that big meals, meat, salt etc is part of the evil world therefore we must let go.

Example of acceptable fasting or abstinence:
  • No road rage for a week or a certain day.
  • No sex during lent
  • Charity and other social justice activity
  • No TV, internet, iPod, going to the movie, etc
  • Not buying cigarette during lent
  • No sweets, chocolate, coffee during lent and advent
  • Others
Again, it is not to think all of the above are pure evil, but the focus it that we are sacrificing something that we really like and enjoy and give that time for your spiritual journey like reading the bible, reading last week's missalette, reading a good Catholic book, pray the rosary or other devotional prayers, etc.

Eucharistic Fast. The ancient way states that we must take nothing except water and medicine from midnight until we receive the Blessed Sacrament. According to Canon Law 919:
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  1. One who is to receive the Most Holy Eucharist is to abstain from any food or drink, with the exception only of water and medicine, for at least the period of one hour before Holy Communion.
  2. A priest who celebrates the Most Holy Eucharist two or three times on the same day may take something before the second or third celebration even if the period of one hour does not intervene.
  3. Those who are advanced in age or who suffer from any infirmity, as well as those who take care of them, can receive the Most Holy Eucharist even if they have taken something during the previous hour.
Whew.... hope it helps.

God Bless
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I am having a bit of trouble finding concrete information as it pertains to fasting and abstinence during Holy days of obligation. Can you let me know what the previous obligations and current obligations on these days are?
Fasting and abstinence of course are two different things.

Fasting is only required on two days each year and these are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. A healthy person may voluntarily fast on other occasions.

Apart from that you must also fast at least one hour prior to receiving Communion.

Abstinence (not eating meat) is required on all Fridays during Lent. It is not required all other Fridays in the year. However, some form of penance is required each Friday of the year and you may choose not to eat meat if you wish.

CCC 1438 The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church's penitential practice.These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works).
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Re: list of Holy Days of Obligation

Your country will probably vary on the specific days. St. Joseph's Day isn't a Holy Day of Obligation in most US dioceses I've heard of; ditto Peter and Paul and many others.

December 8 is a Holy Day of Obligation, though!
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Wonderful answers and exactly what I was looking for. That cleared it up. Thanks!!!
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