The obligation to fast applies to those in good health, ages 18-59 inclusive. “Fast” means to have only one full meal and two lighter meals to sustain health. Those in poor health and those over- or under-aged should perform other acts of charity and penance suitable to their age and condition.
Associated with our fasting is abstinence from meat. People 14 years of age and older are obliged to abstain from meat. Eating expensive gourmet seafood, of course, is not in the spirit of this practice.
Morning: The only Mass in the diocese is the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral. Lent ends with the start of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper (beginning of the Easter Triduum):
- “With the full participation of the whole local community”
- Homily about the principle mysteries commemorated in this Mass
- the institution of the Holy Eucharist
- the institution of the priestly Order
- the commandment of the Lord concering fraternal charity
- The Washing of Feet
- “gifts for the poor” collection (at SMG: for our Vincent dePaul Society)
- The Transfer of the Holy Eucharist
- Seven Church Visit (bus)
- The Church will be open until 11:00p
- The Passion according to John
- expanded Intercessions
- Adoration of the Holy Cross
- Holy Communion (consecrated Holy Thursday)
- NO Stations
- NO Fish Fry
- 12:00n Blessing of Food Baskets
- On Holy Saturday the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb in prayer, fasting, and meditating on his Passion and Death and on his Descent into Hell, and awaiting his Resurrection. The Church abstains from the Sacrifice of the Mass … until the time comes for paschal joys, the abundance of which overflows to occupy fifty days. Holy Communion may only be given on this day as Viaticum (for people who are dying.) – from the Roman Missal.
- bless fire
- lighting of the Easter Candle
- procession with candles
- expanded Liturgy of the Word
- Rites of Initiation
- Liturgy of the Eucharist
from the Roman Missal
- The fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated in joy and exultation … These are the days above all others in which the Alleluia is sung.
- The first eight days of Easter Time constitute the Octave of Easter and are celebrated as Solemnities of the Lord.
- On the fortieth day after Easter the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated
- The weekdays from the Ascension up to and including the Saturday before Pentecost prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete
Catholics have a duty to receive Communion at least once a year during the Easter Season.