Don't feel too out of place. Just try living with a vegetarian for a while! Now that is really weird.
Many may not know that the early Church fasted every Wednesday and Friday. During the Middle Ages, that decreased to fasting every Friday, and all of Advent, Lent, and Ember Days. Somewhere in there we lost Wednesdays, Advent and Ember Days. Then after Vatican II, Friday fasts were thrown out and Lenten fasts reduced to just Fridays in Lent instead of all Lent, plus Ash Wed and Good Fri. Another fast we've forgotten is the fast from midnight until communion on Sunday. When my folks were growing up they had last call for drinks just before midnight in Catholic towns because anyone going to communion the next day had to stop drinking at midnight on Saturday....like cinderella. Perhaps, that is where the fairy tale had its origen? That was reduced to 3 hours and then 1 hour after VII, so that now there is essentially no fast except you have to finish breakfast 15 minutes before you leave for Mass and can't eat during the service...although I saw gum chewing last sunday. But, I digress.
People also forget that fasting often included fasting from sex in the olden days. Made Lent rather long, I gather!
Anyway, don't feel bad about keeping up an old tradition. You are setting a good example for the rest of us.
I am a revert of 15 years (this Sunday!! Oct. 7, Yay!) and I was away from the no-meat-on-Fridays scene for awhile. When I came back into the Church, I participated in a Sunday Missal study on Friday nights. Each night, we went out to eat afterward and it was such a gift to me that all my friends followed the no-meat regime. It made it easier for me to get back into the swing of it.
Four years ago, I started going to the Eastern Greek Melkite Catholic Church in my area. The Melkites are more rigorous in this arena, in terms of frequency of practice, and at the same time, they are less rigorous, in that they do not view the overall practice in legal terms. That is, "All who wish to follow the Churchs plan for fasting are encouraged to keep these days, but there are no laws concerning them."
Abstaining means to go without all meat all day.
- Wednesdays and Fridays of each week, with the exception of weeks after Christmas, after Pentecost, and the days of Eastertide.
- Fasting means to go without all meat and dairy from midnight until noon or Vespers.
a) For each Divine Liturgy (akin to Mass), from midnight to before receiving Holy Communion
b) Daily Monday through Friday during Lent
c) All of Holy Week
d) The eves of Christmas and Theophany
e) The Twelve Great Feast Days throughout the year, e.g., Feast of the Nativity, Feast of Theotokos (Mary), Feast of Pentecost, etc.
Eastern Churches do not view fasting in legal terms, however. So, "All who want to follow the Churchs plan for fasting are encouraged to keep these days, but there are no laws concerning them."
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