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Tag Archives: Ember Days
Here is ADVENTCAzT 18, for Ember Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Advent. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf · ADVENTCAzT 2020 18: “Fasting has ever been the bread of strength." These 5 minute offerings are a token of gratitude especially for my … Read More
From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I’ve seen two sets of dates for the Ember Days this September. I thought they were supposed to be in the week after Exaltation of the Cross? So I say a tweet from Taylor Marshall who … Read More
Some (enlightened) bishops have asked the faithful in their dioceses to observe the traditional Ember Days as times of penance in reparation for sins. From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr Z, I wish you would do a “how to” post … Read More
Do you remember the little mnemonic poem: “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”? Or else “Fasting days and Emberings be Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie.” The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the Feast of St. Lucy are the Advent Ember Days. In … Read More
At the site of Romanitas Press there is a useful post with tips about how to serve Ember Days Masses. On Ember Saturday there are a lot more things to do and a server can get scrambled around. The tips … Read More
Do you remember the little mnemonic poems? “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”, or else “Fasting days and Emberings be Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie.” The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after St. Lucy are the Advent Ember Days. In the old Julian … Read More
A friend sent an email with a reminder about Ember Days. These days were penitential in spirit. They were also traditional times for ordinations. The short mnemonic “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy” can help you remember when they fall. Today in the … Read More
In the Roman tradition we observe the Ember Days four times a year, around the changes of the seasons, during Lent, at Pentecost, and close to St. Lucy’s Day and Exaltation of the Cross (“Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”). These days … Read More
From a reader: On consulting my Ordo [for the Extraordinary Form] this coming Saturday is the feast of St. Thomas. This supersedes the Ember Day which should be commemorated at the Mass of the day. Should we still observe the Ember Day … Read More
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. … Read More
From a priest: For those that follow the 1962 calendar or simply follow the traditional penitential days, are the ember days in the octave of Pentecost days of fast? It would seem not since the octave days, similar to Easter, … Read More
As I explained in today’s LENTCAzT there is a connection between today’s Ember Day observance and Japanese food. In honor of that connection … tempura!
The September Ember Days (Wed, Fri, Sat) traditionally follow the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (14 September). These days were penitential in spirit. They were also traditional times for ordinations. If nothing else, pray during these Ember … Read More
Our friends at Rorate have a good post reminding us that today, which on my planet is Wednesday in the Octave of Pentecost, is also an Ember Day. More on Ember Days, HERE. Traditionally, these Ember Days were times for … Read More
Over at the National catholic Fishwrap today one Charles Morris has a rather positive piece about Ember Days, which traditionally fall this week. Readers here know all about Ember Days. It is nice to see that readers at NCF will … Read More
From a reader: I was wondering if you could help me out. Are Ember days optional in the Pauline Mass? I ask because a friend of mine says hat they have been done away with in the Pauline Mass because … Read More
Today, Ember Wednesday of Advent, those who have the use of the older, traditional Roman Missal, offer worship to God with the so-called Missa aurea, the “Golden Mass”. There is a strong Marian overtone to today’s Mass formulary. The Roman … Read More