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Lent Question

What is the point of meatless Fridays during Lent?

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Asked by purpleducky at 9:15 AM on Mar. 6, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • The point of lent is to acknowledge Christ sacrificed his life for us, and so we give up something to honor that. In the Catholic religion we give up meat every friday during lent. This was revised in the 80s. They also ask we fast from Wed-Friday (Ash Wed to the first Lent Friday). Fasting isnt not eating at all, but you can have one meal a day. No meat also doesnt include eggs. You can eat eggs, and have any food cooked with meat or meat broth too.

    Answer by gemgem at 9:19 AM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • Yes, the point is to acknowledge that Christ sacrified his life for us. It's to recognize that he gave up his body and blood for us. So by fasting from meat, we are giving up the "body and blood" of a living thing. It's really not that hard to do and it isn't as strict as it used to be in the Catholic religion.

    Answer by rosiemendo at 9:27 AM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • Yeah I understood all that. I guess my question really is what is the point of giving up meat on Fridays when we are already suppose to give something up in acknowledgment of Jesus' sacrifice? Is it just an addition to that?

    Comment by purpleducky (original poster) at 9:28 AM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • One of the popes thought this up to give a boost to the fishing industry. So many of the apostles were fishermen and, at that time, eating fish was out of vogue. Since then, it's become a lentin tradition.

    Answer by JSD24 at 10:11 AM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • it has become a tradition although I remember a few years ago, maybe longer, the pope said "Since St. Patricks day feel on a Friday, Irish Catholics could eat meat on that day." Since most eat corn beef and cabbage on that day the pope said it was okay to eat meat on that Friday. SO while I understand it is a tradition, it seems this tradition can be changed.

    Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 12:20 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

  • We are not to eat any animals that are warm blooded flesh. That includes broth. Anyway as others have stated it's because of Christs blood and flesh sacrifice for us, The new covenant. It used to be throughout lent not just on Fridays and yes we also use to refrain from Meat on all Fridays as that was the day he died for us. Throughout Lent because that represents the 40 days he spent in the desert preparing for this task that he was about to undertake. Lent is a time to reflect and go back to the basics of our faith. To start anew, to maybe break bad habits or start new ones. Preparing for the celebration of his death and Resurrection.

    Answer by daps at 4:39 PM on Mar. 6, 2011

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