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Mar 052014
 

Adam Cole/NPR

Adam Cole/NPR

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

So what are the rules for fasting and abstaining from eating meat during Lent?

According to the website catholicism.about.com

Some religions are stricter than others.

Episcopal

Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday.

Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Roman Catholics in the United States

Every person 14 years of age or older must abstain from meat (and items made with meat) on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent.

Every person between the age of 18 and 60 must fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Eastern Catholic Churches

On the days of penance the Christian faithful are obliged to observe fast or abstinence in the manner established by the particular law of their Church.

Is Fish considered meat?

Christians have been eating fish on Fridays for hundreds of years. Fish are cold blooded and therefore considered fair game.

Some choose to go the route of the vegetarians and abstain from the flesh of all living creatures.

You know your faith. You know how seriously you take your religion. But if you are uncertain if it’s okay to stop for a burger this afternoon, it may be best to order the tuna or fish filet instead.

Or if you want to do it right, I can recommend a great seafood place in town.

 

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