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Fasting and Abstinence during Lent.
Liturgical Preparation Aid For Lent/Triduum/Easter Season
Free – Notre Dame Course On The Saint John’s Bible
Fasting and Abstinence during Lent.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

Fasting:   For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.

Abstinence:  The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.


El Miércoles de Ceniza y el Viernes Santo son días de ayuno y abstinencia para los católicos. Adicionalmente, los viernes de cuaresma son días obligatorios de abstinencia.

AYUNO:   Para los miembros de la Iglesia Católica Latina, las normas del ayuno son obligatorias de la edad de 18 a la edad de 59. Al ayunar, se le permite a la persona una comida completa además dos comidas pequeñas que juntas no equivalen a una comida completa.


ABSTINENCIA:  Las normas concerniendo la abstinencia de carne se adhieren a los miembros de la Iglesia Católica Latina desde la edad de 14 años en adelante.

Si es posible, el ayuno del Viernes Santo se continúa hasta la Vigilia Pascual (la noche del Sábado Santo) como el “ayuno pascual” para honrar el sufrimiento y muerte de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, y para prepararnos a enteramente compartir y estar más preparados para celebrar su Resurrección.

Liturgical Preparation Aid For Lent/Triduum/Easter Season

The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) offers a liturgical preparation aid for Lent, the Sacred Paschal Triduum, and the Easter Season.  For the aid in English and Spanish, click HERE

The document contains:

  • A full presider’s text for the “Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Absolution and Confession”
  • Sample Music Suggestions
  • Sample Penances
  • A Liturgical Year Calendar Advisory
  • Frequently-asked Questions and Their Answers
  • A summary of the Lectionary readings for Sundays and Solemnities
  • Preparation sheets for the Rites belonging to the Period of Purification and Enlightenment
  • Preparation sheet for Palm Sunday
  • Preparation sheets for the Sacred Paschal Triduum
  • An Order of Service for Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday evening.
Free – Notre Dame Course On The Saint John’s Bible

The McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame is offering an opportunity to immerse yourself into the saving words of the Scriptures. Due to a generous benefactor, they received the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible during the last year. Their first goal, through the work of Carolyn Pirtle, was to create an online course featuring the Bible for parishes and congregations to use during Lent. The course looks at the role of art in the Christian Life, examines the illuminations of the Bible, and provides guided experiences of lectio and visio divina around the Scriptural texts.  They are offering this course gratis during Lent to any interested person.

For more information and to register, please visit

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