A Possible Day of Fast and Abstinence

November 9th, 2017 by Gabriel McAuliffe

For Carmelites of the Teresian Observance, Tuesday, November 14 is the Feast of All Carmelite Saints.  Today, November 9 through Saturday, November 11, or Monday, November 13, we honor their place on the Carmelite calendar with one day of fast and abstinence.  Please note that this day be anticipated and must not be practiced on Sunday, November 12 (see below).

From the Provinicial Statutes (rev. December 10, 2016):

Sec. VI:  Days of Fast and Abstinence (cf. Const. #22)

Fast and abstinence:

a) In addition to the days of fasting and abstinence proper to the Church in the United States and in response to the encouragement of our Bishops “to prepare for each Church festival by a day of particular self-denial, penitential prayer and fasting” and to our Carmelite traditions, our members, unless excused by reason of illness or age, will fast on the vigils of the following feast days:

1. Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16)

2. Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19)

3. Our Holy Mother St. Teresa of Jesus (October 15)

4. Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross (December 14)

5. The Prophet Elijah (July 20)

6. St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (October 1)

7. All the Saints of the Order (November 14)

b) For sufficient reason, the above special fast days may be anticipated. Anticipation should never involve fasting on Sundays or Holy Days [cf. Canon Law 1249-1253].

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