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Was the Fast reduced to three hours because of evening Masses?
Actually, the document that reduced the fast to three hours is the same document that allowed evening Masses. Before then all Masses had to be before noon.
Reading Christus Dominus reveals that in the same way that we’ve ignored the rule of abstinence for Fridays (if you don’t abstain you have to do penance or good works in other ways) we also ignored Rule 1. of C.D. – the fast from midnight was still in force.
CHRISTUS DOMINUS – Concerning The Discipline To Be Observed With Respect To The Eucharistic Fast
Rule I. The law of the Eucharistic fast from midnight continues in force for all of those who do not come under the special conditions which We are going to set forth in this Apostolic Letter. In the future it shall be a general and common principle for all, both priests and faithful, that natural water does not break the Eucharistic fast.
Rule VI. If the circumstance calls for it as necessary, We grant to the local Ordinaries the right to permit the celebration of Mass in the evening, as we said, but in such wise that the Mass shall not begin before four o’clock in the afternoon, on holy days of obligation still observed, on those which formerly were observed, on the first Friday of every month, and also on those days on which solemn celebrations are held with a large attendance, and also, in addition to these days, on one day a week; with the requirement that the priest observe a fast of three hours from solid food and alcoholic beverages, and of one hour from non-alcoholic beverages. At these Masses the faithful may approach the Holy Table, observing the same rule as regards the Eucharistic fast, the presumption of Canon 857 remaining in force.