Heads Up: Obligatory No Meat this Friday for Canonical Members of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

In one of the few deviations from the extremely minimal fasting requirements of Roman Catholics in the United States and Canada, Ordinariate Catholics of POCSP — on pain of grave sinmust abstain from meat (like the Fridays in Lent for all Roman Catholics) this Friday, December 7th, 2018. No alternative penance (as is required for other Roman Catholics on this day if they choose not to abstain) is permitted. (I cannot speak to the situation of Ordinariate Catholics in OLW and OLSC Ordinariates, though if readers know with certainty, please comment). See POCSP Ordo:

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We have come to the Ember Days of this season, which — along with the ministry of Instituted Acolyte, First Evensong on the evening before Feasts rather than just Solemnities, and other excellent Traditions — the Ordinariates are bringing back into the common practice of the Latin Church. Spread the word in your parochial communities, and be sure we all can fully share in this joyful but truly penitential time, when we recall the Lord’s first coming, yes, but much more, the End of Time, when He shall come in awesome Glory and Power to be our Judge.

UPDATE: Steven Rabanal, Instituted Acolyte writes:

‘”From the Chancery: We can eat meat after 4pm today. The solemnity trumps Ember Friday.’

However, of course, this is likely not due to technicalities of canon law but because the bishop permits it.”

I aplogise my comment below was in error. You’re good to go on your meats after 4pm today.


The Last Judgment, Stefan Lochner, c. AD 1435

5 thoughts on “Heads Up: Obligatory No Meat this Friday for Canonical Members of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

  1. The Abstinence rules apply every Friday here in England, though one would assume that they won’t apply in the evening as by then the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception has begun.


    • Can someone confirm whether the abstinence would apply until midnight, or only until First Evensong of the Immaculate Conception? My wife and I have a dinner that evening, and wanting to make plans accordingly.



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