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RULES OF FAST

The laws of fasting apply to persons between the ages of twenty-one (21) and fifty-nine (59). On a fast day one may eat one full meal and two light meatless meals, which together would not equal the main meal. Meat may be taken at the principal meal, except on days of complete abstinence. Liquids such as water, milk and fruit juices may be taken between meals.

THE DAYS OF FAST

The days of fast are: all weekdays of Lent until noon of Holy Saturday, the Ember days, the vigils of All Saints Day, of Pentecost, the Immaculate Conception and Christmas.

RULES OF ABSTINENCE

The laws of abstinence apply to everyone seven years of age and over. On a day of complete abstinence no meat, meat gravy or soup made from meat may be taken. On a day of partial abstinence meat may be taken once.

THE DAYS OF COMPLETE ABSTINENCE

The days of complete abstinence are: every Friday of the year, Ash Wednesday, Holy Saturday (until noon), the vigils of All Saints Day, the Immaculate Conception and Christmas.

THE DAYS OF PARTIAL ABSTINENCE

The days of partial abstinence are: Ember Wednesdays and Saturdays and the vigil of Pentecost.

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