The Diocese of Des Moines
Lenten Break-Fast
March 23, 2011
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg


Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Yesterday the Worship Office received a question about abstinence from meat on Friday, 25 March 2011.  Bishop Pates would like to remind everyone that Friday March 25th is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. This day is celebrated as a solemnity, and thus, in accordance with canon 1251 the requirement to observe the penitential practice of abstinence from meat is abrogated (waived) on that day. 
Canon 1251 reads: Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
This is a day meant for celebration of Mary’s “Yes!” and of Christ’s incarnation rather than fasting. We hope you all enjoy this special feast. Save to


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