What would your Lent have been like in 1873?

wdtprs.com | 3/8/2018 | View all posts by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf →

For those of you who may think that Lent is a pretty tough time to be a Catholic, giving up chocolate and so forth, this is what our forebears did for Lent in these USA (my emphases and comments):




Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, will fall on the twenty-sixth day of February.

Day - Lent - Sunday - Day - Fast

1. Every day during Lent except Sunday, is a day of fast on one meal, which should no be taken before mid-day, with the allowance of a moderate collation in the evening.

Butter, or if necessary lard, may be used in dressing of fish or vegetables.

Persons - Years - Age - Use - Meat

4. All persons over seven years of age are bound to abstain from the use of flesh meat, and all over twenty-one to fast according to the above regulations unless there be a legitimate cause of exemption. The Church excuses from the obligations of fasting, but not from that of abstinence from flesh meat, except in special cases of sickness or the...
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