With the arrival of mid-September, and the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross (14 Sept) we come around again to our Ember Days. The September Ember Days this year are today, Wednesday 18 Sept, Friday 20 and Saturday 21.
More on Ember Days, HERE.
Keep in mind that Ember Days were times of penance. Perhaps you could fast and abstain for some good intention on these days. This is also the time of year when 40 Days for Life begins.
If memory serves, the newer Ordo – for the Novus Ordo – mentions something about the custom of Ember Days, but it does so in such a vague way that no one might be prompted to do anything with it. I wonder: is there still a mention of Ember Days in the Ordo for the Ordinary Form?
In the 16th c. Spanish and Portuguese missionaries settled in Nagasaki, Japan. From their interest in inculturation and out of sensitivity for the ways of the people, they tried to make meatless meals for Embertide, which is a fast time. They started deep-frying shrimp. The Japanese ran with and developed it to perfection. This is “tempura,” again from the Latin term for the Ember Days“Quatuor Tempora“.
In the meantime, do you know the mnemonic for the times of year of the Ember Days?
“Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”