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Traditional fasting days this week
« on: June 22, 2020, 07:57:24 PM »
This week Wednesday is the feast of St. John the Baptist, so it is not suitable for fasting. The previous day (Tues June 23), however, is the vigil.  In the past, the Vigil of St. John was a fast day.

Another traditional fast day coming up is the Vigil of Sts Peter and Paul.  Their feast day is June 29 and the vigil is usually the June 28.  However, this year the 28th falls on a Sunday when one should not fast.  Apparently, in this situation the vigil is transferred to the preceding Saturday.

These fast days have not been obligatory for quite some time, so nobody is required to do it.  I am just providing information for anyone interested in learning about older fasting traditions.

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