Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Let us continue to fight manfully under the banner of Christ against sin, the world, and the devil. One neglected weapon of our battle is the Friday abstinence/fasting. We should continue to weave this observance and discipline into our culture as a parish. It is the practice of the universal Church and our prayer books on page lix enjoin us with these words:
A TABLE OF FASTS
Ash Wednesday Good Friday
OTHER DAYS OF FASTING, ON WHICH THE CHURCH REQUIRES SUCH
A MEASURE OF ABSTINENCE AS IS MORE ESPECIALLY SUITED TO
EXTRAORDINARY ACTS AND EXERCISES OF DEVOTION
I. The Forty Days of Lent.
II. The Ember Days at the four seasons, being the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after
the First Sunday in Lent, the Feast of Pentecost, September 14, and December 13.
III. All the Fridays in the year, except Christmas Day, and The Epiphany, or any Friday which may intervene between these Feasts.
Notice the words ‘a measure of abstinence’. Determine what kind of abstinence might be appropriate for you and in what measure. Do not fast out of some legalistic obligation or unhealthy guilt. Do fast with joy and faith that God has designed it for our good and our blessing, And do remember to pray.
May the Lord bless as we fast together this day for the coming of Messiah’s kingdom and the healing of our selves and the world.