Fasting and Abstinence


A Table of Fast and Abstinence


Abstinence means only to avoid eating certain kinds of food, e.g., flesh meat (pork, beef, chicken) and broth, while fasting *includes abstinence* but also means to decrease the number of meals per day, generally to one meal after noon (12pm) plus a quarter meal in the evening.

Days of fasting:
- Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Advent
- Every day in Lent (Sundays excepted)
Ember days (The Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the 3rd Sunday in Advent, 1st Sunday in
   Lent, the Feast of Pentecost, and the Feast of the Holy Cross)
- The vigils of Pentecost, the Assumption, All Saints, and Christmas

Days of abstinence:
- All fridays throughout the year

Note: There is no fasting or abstinence of any kind from Christmas Day to the eve of Epiphany, or from Easter to the following Sunday.