Remember Ember Days in Pentecost.
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,
“Tunc Iesus dixit discipulis suis: Si quis vult post me venire, abneget semetipsum, et tollat crucem suam, et sequatur me.”
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me” Matthew 16:26
St. Pope Gregory the Great says, Ember Days are an apostolic tradition instituted in the very dearly days of the Church. In the Reign of Gregory vII, the observance of Ember Days was made mandatory for the Universal Church, as days of fasting and abstinence.
Ember Days during Pentecost are somewhat unusual to the character of this joyful seasons, falling within the octave of a most sacred solemnity, the decent of the holy sport on the Apostles. As normally theses days are at the times of sorrow, they are like mini-Lents in a way, a time of preparation and reflection to help us focus and meditated on liturgical year, and all the mysteries contained in there. As we celebrate Pentecost we should reflect on the fact that God the Holy Spirt, third person of the Blesses Trinity, truly dwells in us as Catholics, and lifts us up to a state higher than angles, a supernatural gift, God himself in us. (if we are in a state of sanctifying grace)
This gift is now given to us at our confirmations, and time and time again in the in confession, when we receive absolution. By committing sin man stains his soul with a mark God can only remove, and he chose to expiate our sin along with his our adorable life, to make atonement on behalf of mankind, as truly human. As Adam caused all mankind to fall as our representative, so to, Christ saved all as as our new heavenly representative, our king. We are all saved be the works of Cross and baptism, but when we contract into sin again, we fall away from the saving mystical body of Christ and it’s head. Through the confessional we are reconciled with Christ once more, but temporal punishment due to sin can remain. If a person dies in a date of grace, but is still owning for sin, he will have to expiate his sin through the fires of purgatory.
The purpose of Ember Days I would have are threefold, one as a means to help us focused and meditated. Two, a way to work with God with self mortification to make reparation for our sin. And three, to help us control our passions and direct our minds to God.
This is now considered optional- normal rule still apply. I would encourage the more traditional approach.
Fasting and Abstinence
(Old Rules for old Rite)
Fasting (All days in Lent, except Sundays, the Ember Days, the Vigils of Whitsunday, of All Saints, of the Immaculate Conception and of Christmas Day.):
All Catholics from the completion of their twenty-first year to the beginning of their sixtieth year are bound to observe the Law of fast. The days of fast are the weekdays of Lent, Ember Days, the Vigils of Pentecost, the Immaculate Conception, Christmas.
Only one full meal is allowed on a day of Fast. Two other meatless meals are permitted. These meals should be sufficient to maintain strength in accordance with each one’s needs. Both of these meals, or collations, together, should not equal one full meal.
It is permissible to eat meat at the principle meal on a Fast Day except on Fridays, Ash Wednesday, and the Vigils of Immaculate Conception, Christmas, and Holy Saturday.
Solid foods between meals is not permitted. Liquids, including coffee, tea, milk and fruit juices are allowed.
In connection with problems arising from the Laws of Fast and Abstinence, a confessor or priest should be consulted. Dispensations may be granted for a serious reason concerning health or the ability to work.”
Abstinence (The Ember Days, the Vigils mentioned above, the Wednesdays of Lent, Holy Saturdays forenoon, and all Fridays, except Days of Obligation.”)
All Catholics seven years and older are obliged to observe the Law of Abstinence.
On days of complete abstinence flesh meat, soup or gravy made from meat are not permitted at all. On days of partial abstinence flesh meat, soup or gravy made from meat ar permitted once a day at the principal meal.
Complete abstinence is to be observed on all Fridays of the year, Ash Wednesday, Vigils of the Immaculate Conception and Christmas, and on Holy Saturday. Partial abstinence is to be observed on Ember Wednesdays and Saturdays, and on the Vigil of Pentecost.