Lent 2018

DAY 40: Palm Sunday, March 25th (Midnight Eucharistic Fast until consumption of Holy Communion)

1917 Fast Observance Today: None. Enjoy all three meals, if you’d like.

1917 Eucharistic Fast*: Fasting from midnight from all food and drink, including water, until consumption of Holy Communion at Mass today.

*Applicable to healthy adults between ages of 21-60 (some exemptions exist – see 1917 Fast: The Specifics)

1917 Abstinence Observance Today: None. Enjoy eating meat today, if you’d like.

Potential Prayer: The Sorrowful Mysteries Rosary.

Potential Give: Devote time and attention to a task that you put aside but that another finds meaning in.

Comments of the Day:

“If Angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion”   – St. Maximilian Kolbe

By worthily preparing for the meeting with the Eucharistic Christ at the Eucharistic feast, man prepares himself for the eternal feast in Heaven.  In its own way, the Eucharist is a preparation and a foretaste of the eternal feast in the Kingdom of God”                                                                                                                                                       – Father Slavko Barbaric, from his rich book, Fast with the Heart.


The Eucharistic fast is vital to entering the eternal feast humbly and reverent.  Emptying and cleansing ourselves and approaching the high altar with hungry and thirst reflects the interior hunger and thirst we have to meet God.  To be consumed by Him, as we consume Him.

The longer the fast before receiving the Eucharist, the more deeply the Lord’s Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity enters into our lives.  It also shows the utmost reverence we have for the Sacrament.

If we go today to receive Holy Communion, go in fasting!

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