Ember Days

PSA: Ember Days Start Tomorrow, but who cares?

By John B. Manos / February 24, 2015 /

In a day and age where it seems like our own bishops aren’t fans of asking the faithful to fast, and when the purpose of Ember days was specifically to help Mother Church strengthen herself in her clergy, we should look at how we’ve done since abandoning this practice. In 1964, the United States had…

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A Modest Proposal to Pope Francis—Restore the Ember Days!

By John M. DeJak / September 18, 2013 /

Recently, our Holy Father Pope Francis called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn Syria. In a sight that we haven’t seen in recent memory, Our Blessed Lord in the Eucharist was exposed in St. Peter’s Square for this prayer vigil on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady’s birth.…

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Ember Days

By John M. DeJak / September 18, 2013 /

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…

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