Starting Ember Wednesday In September Off Right: Sanctify a Fast Edition

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

The Penitent, William Adolphe Bouguereau, ARSH 1876

Today, Wednesday, as well as this Friday and Saturday this week are the quarterly Ember Days, this set being tied to the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. These are days of fasting, abstinence and prayer.  Please remember the Matthew 17:20 Initiative, which is full fasting on Tuesdays and Fridays for a full resolution of the Bergoglio situation.  The following excerpt from Pope St. Leo the Great (Pope from ARSH 440-461) on the Ember Day Fasts rings out through the centuries.

I. The Fasts, which the ancient prophets proclaimed, are still necessary

Of what avail, dearly-beloved, are religious fasts in winning the mercy of God, and in renewing the fortunes of human frailty, we know from the statements of the holy Prophets, who proclaim that justice of God, Whose vengeance the people of Israel had again and again incurred through their iniquities, cannot be appeased save by fasting. Thus it is that the Prophet Joel warns them, saying, “Thus says the Lord your God, turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning, and rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and patient, and of great kindness, and very merciful, and again, sanctify a fast, proclaim a healing, assemble the people, sanctify the Church.”  And this exhortation must in our days also be obeyed, because these healing remedies must of necessity be proclaimed by us too, in order that in the observance of the ancient sanctification Christian devotion may gain what Jewish transgression lost.

-Pope St. Leo the Great
(died ARSH 461)
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