St John XXIII Catholic Parish Church in Miramar, FL USA

Season of Lent 2018

The holy season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. These are the 2018 Lenten and Triduum regulations issued by the Office of Worship of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Fasting and abstinence rules for Lent:

  • Both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, are days of abstinence from meat for all who are 14 years and older.
  • All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for those 14 years and older. (There is no dispensation from abstinence and fasting on Valentine's Day.)

Easter Vigil:
Holy Saturday is celebrated March 31 this year. The entire Easter Vigil celebration is to begin after nightfall (8 p.m.) and end before the dawn of Easter Sunday. This rule is to be strictly observed in order to manifest the full meaning of the rites. The Easter Vigil is not to be celebrated at the time of the day that is customary to anticipated Sunday Masses.

Liturgical notes:
Lent runs from Ash Wednesday until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. The Easter Triduum is celebrated from Holy Thursday evening until evening prayer on Easter Sunday. Alleluia is not said or sung from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil, nor is the "Te Deum" sung at or on Sundays of Lent.

During Lent, the altar should not be decorated with flowers, and musical instruments should be used to support the community singing while respecting the need for silence and reflection during other moments in the liturgy. On the fourth Sunday of Lent ("Laetare") and on solemnities and feasts, musical instruments may be played and the altar decorated with flowers.

If marriages take place in Lent, couples are to be reminded that wedding plans should respect the special nature of this liturgical season in their simplicity.

For more information go to Archdiocese of Miami for Fasting and abstinence rules for Lent


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