I am not yet Catholic and I was somehow aware of this rule anyways. I think I must’ve read it in a book somewhere.
I didn’t think a lot of people would take it too seriously, even if they are supposed to. I’ve been singing with in the local Parish’s evening choir since July, and maybe there’s exceptions and stuff but most of the choir seems to rely on Fishermen’s friends to help keep their throats clear for singing - all through the MASS prayers and everything, they get passed and offered around. Plus, after choir practice - and right before the MASS started - we passed around butter cookies maybe about a week before Christmas (the cookies were donated to the choir from some kind soul who like our singing).
I never realized someone would take it seriously, though I can see why it should be and why it would’ve been instigated (I have a Pagan background and that particular faith encouraged rigorous fasting for pretty much everything - I’ll be honest, I suck at starving myself for even one day - I would get to about four o’clock, and then when my brother had his after school snack I’d make up for the missed breakfast and lunch - fasting is hard, requires strength of will and I was reading in the Catechism(sp?) today that in order to recieve the Sacrament of Confirmation, the candidate (or confirmand - are those words interchangeable?) one must be in a state of grace that can be prepared for by, among other requirements, fasting to strengthen the will).
What with the only fifteen minutes before MASS being required, I think maybe that’s a good thing as I know the priest who’s been playing a somewhat major role in my conversion experience and also in my instruction has a habbit of getting his breakfast in between the nine o’clock and the eleven o’clock MASS, and he doesn’t seem to think that there’s anything wrong in doing so.