A Little Lent Within Lent: The Tradition of Ember Days

An Ember Day (or "Ymber Day") Pie, baked from a recipe found in a fourteenth century book.

Do you remember Ember Days?If you’re a baby boomer or older, you may remember those days of fast and abstinence which occurred in four seasons of the year.  Father John Hardon, S.J., in his Modern Catholic Dictionary, explained the Ember Days like this: They were the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after St. Lucy (December 13), the First Sunday of Lent, Pentecost, and the feast of the Holy Cross (September 14). So this week we would observe the Ember Days, were the rule still in effect.  A … [Read more...]


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