Good Friday Eating Rules
If you are Catholic or part of a Catholic family, you may be aware that the rules for meals are different around Lent. Lent is the 40 days following Ash Wednesday, and it’s a time for fasting, prayer, and contemplation. The 40 days is a time to prepare for Easter and represents the time Jesus spent in the desert, praying and resisting the temptation of Satan. Modern Catholics celebrate this time of year by surrendering something for 40 days, praying, attending mass and following special rules for food.
WHAT TO EAT DURING LENT
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics fast, meaning they eat less than usual. Most adults give up snacking and generally eat only one main meal and two smaller meals during the day. Also, on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during Lent, adult Catholics over the age of 14 abstain from eating meat. During these days, it is not acceptable to eat lamb, chicken, beef, pork, ham, deer and most other meats. However, eggs, milk, fish, grains, and fruits and vegetables are all allowed.
There are exceptions. For example, pregnant women, the ill, the elderly and very young are exempt from Lent rules of fasting.
Many people also give up something for the entire Lent period. Some Catholics give up a favorite treat, such as chicken or chocolate, while others give up a habit, such as watching TV. If you are giving up meat or food for Lent, you will not be able to eat this food for Ash Wednesday and the 40 days following.
ALTERNATIVES TO EATING MEAT DURING LENT
On Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during Lent, when you cannot eat meat, there are many great options. You can still enjoy your meals, even without meat. Forklift & Palate has a vegan and vegetarian menu, and it includes everything you can enjoy during Lent.
Consider our Pear Bruschetta, Salmon, Veggie Pizza, Quesadilla, Shrimp Skewers, Fish and Chips, Ratatouille, or Pasta. Forklift & Palate also makes a mouth-watering Quinoa Salad and other salads that leave you satisfied without any meat. We even have options if you are observing Lent and also need to eat gluten-friendly or have food allergies. Just let us know about any allergies or menu needs when you order, and we can help you find something delicious to eat.
ENJOY A MEAL DURING LENT AT FORKLIFT & PALATE
Forklift & Palate is conveniently located in the Spooky Nook Sports complex. There’s plenty of parking, and our atrium area can accommodate large groups of up to 600. Whether you’re dining solo or have a big group, we can serve you breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks during Lent and throughout the year.
With our sustainable practices, including geothermal heating and rainwater recycling, you can feel good about dining with us. For all your dining needs, check out our menu or make a reservation today.
REFRESHER ON THE RULES OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE DURING LENT 2022
Summed up succinctly, Roman Catholics must fast and abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, March 2, 2022 and Good Friday, April 15, 2022. Additionally, they must abstain from meat on all Fridays during Lent.
Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It’s a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully. We recall the waters of baptism in which we were also baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. Contemplate the meaning and origins of the Lenten fasting tradition in this reflection. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents. As St. John Chrysostom reminds us: “Not to enable the poor to share in our goods is to steal from them and deprive them of life. The goods we possess are not ours, but theirs.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2446).
In Lent, the baptized are called to renew their baptismal commitment as others prepare to be baptized through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a period of learning and discernment for individuals who have declared their desire to become Catholics.
Ash Wednesday is one of two yearly days of obligatory fasting and abstinence for Roman Catholics, along with Good Friday. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the norms of fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.
Fasting means a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but they are not to equal that of a full meal.
The rule of abstinence from meat is binding upon Catholics aged 14 and onwards.
Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.
For those outside the age limits, Canon Law notes that “Pastors of souls and parents are to ensure that even those who by reason of their age are not bound by the law of fasting and abstinence, are taught the true meaning of penance.”
Additionally, the USCCB Questions and Answers about Lent page states the non-age related exemptions.
“THOSE THAT ARE EXCUSED FROM FAST AND ABSTINENCE OUTSIDE THE AGE LIMITS INCLUDE THE PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY ILL INCLUDING INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC ILLNESSES SUCH AS DIABETES. ALSO EXCLUDED ARE PREGNANT OR NURSING WOMEN. IN ALL CASES, COMMON SENSE SHOULD PREVAIL, AND ILL PERSONS SHOULD NOT FURTHER JEOPARDIZE THEIR HEALTH BY FASTING.”
The other obligatory day of fasting and abstinence is Good Friday, the day on which Catholics remember the death of Jesus on the cross. On the U.S. Bishops website, they explain the Good Friday fast should, when possible, last through the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.
While those are the only two days of full fasting and abstinence required, all of Lent should be a time of spiritual formation and preparation for Easter.
“For all other weekdays of Lent, we strongly recommend participation in daily Mass and a self-imposed observance of fasting,” the bishops wrote in the Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence. “In the light of grave human needs which weigh on the Christian conscience in all seasons, we urge, particularly during Lent, generosity to local,national, and world programs of sharing of all things needed to translate our duty to penance into a means of implementing the right of the poor to their part in our abundance. We also recommend spiritual studies, beginning with the Scriptures as well as the traditional Lenten Devotions (sermons, Stations of the Cross, and the rosary), and all the self-denial summed up in the Christian concept of ‘mortification.’”