some one told me that you can eat what you gave up for lent on sundays.is this true? (dosent sound right)
That’s funny that you ask that because my husband wanted me to ask the same thing. He said that he seems to remember being able to have whatever he gave up for Lent on Sundays (e.g. candy) as a kid.
I personally never heard of it but, then again, I’m not a cradle Catholic so maybe it’s something that changed with time.
My understanding of the tradition is that we are not suppose to fast or abstain, or make sacrifices on the Lord’s Day during Lent, because Sunday is the day to celebrate the resurrection - even during Lent.
Even so, I am not enjoying desserts or wine even Sundays during Lent. I am however going out to Mexican dinner every Sunday and having my usual feast, including a beer or a margarita.
Actually, the answer is both “yes” and “no”.
You see, Sundays are NEVER penitential days. Every Sunday is considered a “little Easter”. There is never a fast or an abstinence which is enacted or enforced on a Sunday. Sundays are days of celebration.
So you could indeed eat candy, if you give it up for Lent, on the Sundays of Lent. Furthermore, if you count the 40 days of Lent, if you include the Sundays of Lent you’ll find you go OVER 40 days; this is a good intimation that the Lenten season never did include “Sundays” of Lent.
HOWEVER, since the idea of penance is to give something up voluntarily, you can freely choose to continue that giving up on Sunday.
So, you CAN enjoy what you give up on a Lenten Sunday–and you CAN continue giving up what you’ve chosen to give up.
It’s your choice.