Lenten Ember Days Begin Tomorrow March 9

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the Lenten Ember Days – when the traditional Church sets aside 3 days each season for prayer, fasting and partial abstinence (the later now voluntary) to thank God for his gifts of creation and to use them in moderation. It’s a good time to also pray for sanctity for the upcoming season. A brief description is provided by Dom Prosper Gueranger writing for tomorrow, Ember Wednesday in Lent:

The fast of today is prescribed by a double law: it is Lent, and it is Ember Wednesday. It is the same with the Friday and Saturday of this week. There are two principal objects for the Ember days of this period of the year: the first is to offer up to God the Season of Spring, and by fasting and prayer, to draw down his blessing upon it; the second is to ask him to enrich with his choicest graces the Priests and Sacred Ministers who are to receive their Ordination on Saturday.  

CLMC note: In prior ages, priestly ordinations would occur on Ember Saturday

Ember Week Masses:

  • Wednesday March 9: St. Ann, 6pm (Low) – fasting & partial abstinence (meat at only principal meal)
  • Friday March 11: St. Ann 7am (Low) & St. Mark, 12:30pm (Low) – fasting & complete abstinence (no meat being Friday)
  • Saturday March 12: None scheduled diocesan parishes in/near Charlotte, sadly – fasting & partial abstinence (meat at only principal meal)

    If you’re unfamiliar with the Ember Days in the Latin Mass calendar, please visit Fisheaters.com to learn more: https://www.fisheaters.com/emberdays.html and https://www.fisheaters.com/customslent3.html