In the wake of the great scandals rocking the Church in recent weeks, the Traditian Order hereby calls on its members and supporters to voluntarily adopt the traditional penitential practices of the Church, offering any sacrifice this entails for the restoration of Holy Mother Church.
The traditional rules of fasting and abstinence under the 1962 liturgical calendar, as outlined in Canons 1250-1254 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law, are as follows. Our Upcoming Events on the right-hand sidebar of our page will note the holidays listed below as they arise.
1. Abstinence is obligatory on all Fridays, except on Holy Days of Obligation outside of Lent. Fasting and complete abstinence are obligatory on the following days:
- Ash Wednesday
- Fridays and Saturdays in Lent
- Good Friday
- Holy Saturday
- Ember Days
- Vigil of Pentecost
- Vigil of Christmas
- Fasting and partial abstinence are obligatory on all other weekdays of Lent (i.e., Monday through Thursday—Fridays are always complete abstinence); this means that meat can be eaten at the principal meal on these days.
- Sundays throughout the year or on a Holy Day of Obligation outside of Lent cancels the fasting and/or abstinence of any day.
- If a fast-day Vigil falls on Sunday, the fasting and abstinence associated with the Vigil are not anticipated on the Saturday, but dropped altogether for that year.
- In 1931, Pope Pius XII gave an indult to the American bishops allowing them to dispense with Abstinence on any penitential day that was a civic holiday and on the Friday that followed Thanksgiving Day. (Canon Law Digest, vol. 1.)
- Moreover, in the United States liquids, including milk and fruit juices, may be taken at any time on a day of fast, but “other works of charity, piety, and prayer for the pope should be substituted” to compensate for this relaxation.
2. What can be eaten?
- The law of abstinence forbade the eating of flesh meat and of broth made of meat, but did not exclude the use of eggs, dairy products, or seasonings made from the fat of animals.
- The law of fasting prescribed that only one full meal a day was taken with two smaller meals that did not equal the main one.
- As to the kind of food and the amount that might be taken, the approved customs of the place were to be observed. It was not forbidden to eat both flesh meat and fish at the same meal, nor to interchange the midday and evening meals.