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Lent - Fast and Abstinence Rules

Abstinence - All US Catholics who have completed their 14th year are bound by the Law of Abstinence - - abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all other Fridays during Lent.  Note that there is no upper age limit to the law of abstinence.

Fast - All US Catholics who have completed their 18th year up to the beginning of their 60th year are bound by the Law of Fasting - - One full meal per day, with 2 lighter meals to maintain strength.  Days of Fast are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

Excused from fast or abstinence (besides those outside the age limits) are those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need - - and other circumstances that would seriously hinder us in carrying out our work.

Suggested further reading:  EWTN article, New Advent articles: Abstinence - Fasting.