Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Lenten Fast

Q - Here's a question for you that I haven't been able to find an answer for anywhere: I've always broken my Lenten fast on Easter Sunday , but if Lent officially ends on Holy Thursday, does that mean that our Lenten fasting should end then? Thanks for your help.

A - It is up to you, but part of getting the most out of lent and Easter is to make sure that we are trying to really enter into the celebration of the mystery of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. So, it is probably best if you continue your fast through the triduum (Holy Thur, Good Fri, Holy Sat) and then you can truly make Easter a feast.

Remember though that this is merely a guideline, because a personal fast is not regulated by the Church. So, your conscience and your spiritual director/confessor would be the best guide for you. Follow the rules laid out by the Church and then do as you will.

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