Friday, March 25, 2011

What? No "No Meat on Friday" Today? It's Friday! It's Lent!

Yes, it is a Friday in Lent, typically a day of penance and abstinence from meat. But today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, a day for celebration and feast. Our joy at the Annunciation to Mary, and consequent holy conception of the Lord in her by the Holy Spirit, overcomes any penitential observance. And rightly so.

So, feel free to go have some prime rib today, or a cheeseburger. That does not mean that you must eat meat instead of fish or other non-meat food, but if you do not, eat your fish sandwich, not as penance, but joyfully.

See Canon 1251

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