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Who Remembers Ember Days? #TBT

Ember Days

After the Second Vatican Council, it wasn’t uncommon to hear people say, “We don’t do that anymore”—a common response based on the erroneous assumption that Vatican II threw out just about everything in favor of Latin-free liturgies and statue-free churches. That wasn’t the case, but it is definitely true that, in Catholicism, there are devotional practices that have fallen in and out of fashion over the centuries. One such concept—Ember Days.

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Ember Days – a forgotten blessing

Ember Days

Today is Ember Friday, one of the lesser-known instances in the liturgical calendar called Ember Days. Ember Days happen four times a year, including this week, between the First and Second Sundays of Lent. The four instances take place near the turning of the seasons; this week's is near the transition from Winter to Spring, while the others are 1) between the Third and Fourth Sundays of Advent 2) between Pentecost and Trinity Sunday and 3) the liturgical third week of September, of the week of September 14th.

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