2/7/2013 10:34:00 AM REGULATIONS Lenten regulations for Albany Diocese
FAST AND ABSTINENCE
Ash Wednesday (Feb. 13) and Good Friday (March 29) are days of fast and abstinence.
As a sign of our penance, we preserve for the Diocese of Albany, the custom of abstinence from meat on the Fridays of Lent.
Abstinence binds all Catholics are 14 and older. Fast binds all Catholics who are 18 but not yet 59. Fasting refers to the quantity of food eaten. Traditionally, fasting calls for only one full meal per day.
By retaining these traditions for our Diocese, we do not intend that they be interpreted as laws binding under pain of sin, but as customs from which we will not hold ourselves lightly excused. They are expressions of our desire to be converted in our hearts, to be reconciled with each other and to love our neighbor.
All of the faithful, after they have received their First Communion, are bound by the obligation of receiving the Eucharist at least one each year. (The precept originally resulted from the widespread neglect of the sacrament in the Middle Ages). The diocese of the U.S. have an indult - permissions from the Vatican - that allows the Easter duty to be satisfied from the First Sunday of Lent (Feb. 17) to Trinity Sunday (May 26).