Friday, December 13, 2019

Pre-1917 Fasting in the USA

I stumbled on this blog post and to help me find it again thought I would share.

In short:

To sum up, before the changes of 1917, the Fridays in Advent were kept as days of abstinence and fast—there was only one full meal allowed, and no meat could be eaten at all during the whole day. 


  • Only one full meal allowed, to be taken at noon or later
  • An additional collation of 8 ounces is also allowed: in the evening if the full meal is at noon, or at noon if the main meal is in the evening
  • General custom allows 2 ounces of bread (without butter) in the morning,  with a cup of warm liquid (coffee or tea).

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