Ember Days

Those of you who follow the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Liturgy, you will know that today is Wednesday in Ember Week.  The Ember Feasts are days that follow closely the changing of the seasons and are set aside for partial fasting and penance.  This liturgical custom has seen a renewed interest and practice in the years since Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum.  It is a wonderful way to mark the changes in the natural world and “sanctify time.”

The blog Rorate Caeli–whom we have taken to task in the past–has certainly found a winner in this post.  It is entitled “The Glow of the Ember Days” authored by Michael Foley and appearing in the ever-informative and excellent, Latin Mass Magazine.    Check out the Ember Day devotions–a very Roman tradition! Might I also encourage its observance among those who follow the Ordinary Form of the Roman Liturgy!


This article, Ember Days is a post from The Bellarmine Forum.
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John M. DeJak

John M. DeJak is an attorney and Latin teacher and works in academic administration. He writes from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • […] Once again, Pope Francis is calling us back to basics. The Pope has rightly put Christ at the center of our worship and devotion. He has not tired of invoking Our Blessed Lady’s intercession, and he has used the time-honored and traditional means of combating sin and evil in the world—prayer and fasting. The fact that Catholics the world over joined in these traditional practices of our faith, have shown a readiness to practice the faith in their daily lives. The new dimension that seems to mark out Francis from his predecessors is a gritty, practical, and common sense living out of the spiritual life that draws upon traditional devotions and practices. Thus, it is timely for me to offer His Holiness a modest proposal: restore to prominence–and its obligatory nature–the Ember Days. […]

  • Alan says:

    It was a surprise stumbling upon this website because “Bellarmine Forum” is already the name of a Sedevacantist website.

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