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Ask the Register: Lenten sacrifices on Sundays?

Q. Am I required to continue my Lenten sacrifice on Sunday?  Does Sunday “supercede” Lent?

A. Canon law requires that Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  The Church also requires that Catholics 14 and older abstain from meat on the Fridays of Lent.  Adding additional penitential practices—practices of prayer, sacrifice and charity—are a laudable way to observe Lent.  But these additional practices are voluntary, and are not governed by the norms of the Church. 

Many Catholics choose to discontinue their Lenten practices on Sundays, in order to celebrate the day of the Lord’s Resurrection. This is a perfectly acceptable thing to do. But those who chose continue their Lenten practice on Sundays may also do so.  The important element of Lent is to commit to prayer, sacrifice, and charity, and to prepare for the observation of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection.

Write to Ask the Register online or at 3700 Sheridan Blvd, Lincoln NE 68506-6100. All questions are subject to editing. Editors decide which questions to publish. Personal questions cannot be answered. People with such questions are urged to take them to their nearest Catholic priest.

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