Originally Posted by texan20
What is the churches teaching on fasting on Sundays during lent. I have had friends tell me in the past 6-8 years that we don't have to fast on Sundays during lent. I am not looking for the interpretation of a priest or anyone else. I am only interested if the church requires us to fast for the entire season of lent or if they only ask we fast for 6 days then on sundays we don't fast then back to fasting the next 6 days. I don't recall Jesus fasting for 6 days then coming back to town and loading up on food and drink etc.. then going back out into the desert to fast for another 6 days. I feel that this is a lazy societies response to fasting.
There is an ancient canon which prohibits fasting on Sundays. Remember that, in past times, people used to actually fast (go without any food for a specified period of time) for the entire 40 days of lent. We tend to use the word "fasting" when we actually mean "abstaining".
In the Eastern tradition, we don't fast on Saturdays or Sundays. This, however is in the context of the traditional fast: no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, wine or oil throughout fasting periods. On Saturdays and Sundays, fish, wine and oil are permitted.
This whole concept that Sundays are exempt from whatever you have given up for lent is new to me. When I was growing up, if you gave something up for lent, you gave it up. No candy until Easter Sunday.