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Why no meat on Fridays?

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Asked by Anonymous at 1:52 PM on Mar. 10, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • It used to be that there were no ANIMAL products consumed during Lent. It's changed over the years to mean meat only and only on Friday.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:12 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Great - but WHY?? Where in the bible does it say people shouldn't eat meat? Or where did it come from??

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:15 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • No meat on Fridays is not spelled out in the Bible. It is like a fast and this IS in the Bible.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:39 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Background
    God’s first command to man with respect to abstinence occurred in the Garden of Eden. Gen 2:17 “

    God commanded in the Torah dietary (“kosher”) laws that the people Israel were to abstain from eating particular kinds of animals, Lev 11, Deut 14 and that Jews fast as a penance on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Lev 16:29 “And it shall be a statute to you for ever that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict yourselves.” The ancient rabbis understood “afflict yourselves” as a command to fast. Jews fasted in a spirit of penance on similar occasions. Jgs 20:26 “Then all the people of Israel, the whole army, went up and came to Bethel and wept; they sat there before the Lord, and fasted that day until evening.” God further commanded abstinence in the Jewish Passover celebration. Deut 16:3

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:40 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • By Father Michael Van Sloun - For The Catholic Spirit
    Friday, 19 February 2010
    Catholics abstain from flesh meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the Fridays on Lent.

    Abstinence is one of our oldest Christian traditions.

    "From the first century, the day of the crucifixion has been traditionally observed as a day of abstaining from flesh meat ('black fast') to honor Christ who sacrificed his flesh on a Friday," according to "The Catholic Source Book."


    Answer by Anonymous at 2:44 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Written up as law

    Up until 1966, church law prohibited meat on all Fridays throughout the entire year. The new law was promulgated in 1983 in the revised Code of Canon Law, which states: "Abstinence [is] to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Canon 1251).

    "All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence" (Canon 1252).

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops extended this law to include all Fridays in Lent.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:45 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Since Jesus sacrificed his flesh for us on Good Friday, we refrain from eating flesh meat in his honor on Fridays. Flesh meat included the meat of mammals and poultry, and the main foods that come under this heading are beef and pork, chicken and turkey. While flesh is prohibited, the non-flesh products of these animals are not (like milk, cheese, butter and eggs).

    Fish do not belong to the flesh meat category. The Latin word for meat, "caro," from which we get English words like "carnivore" and "carnivorous," applies strictly to flesh meat and has never been understood to include fish.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:46 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Furthermore, in former times, flesh meat was more expensive, eaten only occasionally and associated with feasting and rejoicing; whereas fish was cheap, eaten more often and not associated with celebrations.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:46 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • • Abstinence is a form of penance.
    Penance expresses sorrow and contrition for our wrongdoing, indicates our intension to turn away from sin and turn back to God, and makes reparation for our sins. It helps to cancel the debt and pay the penalties incurred by our transgressions.

    • Abstinence is a form of asceticism, the practice of self-denial to grow in holiness. Jesus asks his disciples to deny themselves and take up their cross (Matthew 16:24).

    • Abstinence is a sober way to practice simplicity and austerity, to deny the cravings of our bodies to honor Jesus who practiced the ultimate form of self-denial when he gave his body for us on the cross.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:47 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

  • Thus, to give up flesh meat on Fridays, only to feast on lobster tail or Alaskan king crab, is to defeat the ascetical purpose of abstinence. Less is more!

    There are countless options for simple Friday meatless dinners: pancakes, waffles, soup and rolls, chipped tuna on toast, macaroni and cheese, fried egg sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, cheese pizza and, of course, fish.

    Father Michael Van Sloun is pastor of St. Stephen in Anoka.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Mar. 10, 2010

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