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lent: no meat on fridays?

I know Catholics (or the ones I know) do not eat meat on Fridays during Lent. I was wondering why? Why just Fridays and why no meat?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:37 PM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays because Jesus died for our sins on Good Friday, and it's a way of mourning and doing penance for the sins for which Christ died. (By the same token, Sunday-the day on which Christ rose for our salvation-is an especially appropriate day to rejoice.) It's meat because it should be a sacrifice - giving up something that we enjoy and in the past meat was a luxury of people - so they are giving up a luxury. Also meat/flesh is a good symbol for giving up things of the flesh to enhance the spirit.

    In the US Catholics are only required to abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent (the 40-some days before Easter). Catholics in other parts of the world abstain from meat on every Friday of the year.

    Answer by eringobrough at 11:21 AM on Feb. 24, 2009

  • Catholics do not eat meat on Fridays because it represents 40 days of fasting and repentence. The 40 days is taken from the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and repenting and overcoming Satans temptations that Jesus was faced with.

    Answer by MissHeidi0304 at 10:54 PM on Feb. 23, 2009