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.