Christian Feasting vs. Cultural Feasting: What’s the Difference?

Posted on April 22, 2020

Fasting is intuitively a bodily and a liturgical act. The Liturgical Year invites us to “days of discipline, denial, and special prayers” in Lent, Fridays outside of Christmastide and Eastertide, Rogation Days, and Ember Days (BCP, pg. 689). While intermittent fasting has recently been a diet fad, ordinarily fasting in our North American context is…

Fasting and Feasting in Lent

Posted on February 25, 2016

The penitential and preparatory season of Lent includes 40 days of fasting, but if you look at the calendar closely enough and do the math you’ll see that the actual season is a bit longer. Why? Because within those 40 days are excluded each and every Sunday. Sundays are feast days and cannot be fast…

Feasting in Lent

Posted on March 18, 2011

We’ve all said it. I know I have said it: “In Lent, we fast except on Sundays.” We do think that way, at least I do. I’m focused on the fast, and I tend to think of Sunday as an exception: a time to give up the fast so I can take a break and indulge in…