Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Meat Fridays or Get Your Meat On!
The Chef is a carnivore. The man loves meat. He likes a good vegetable or potato too, but he would be perfectly content with an entree of beef, a side dish of pork, and assorted sausages for dessert.
He also loves the Church. He studies liturgical nuances the way I shop for sales. He relishes a good discussion on matters of faith and morals. He prides himself on being the one that people call to clarify the Church's teachings on fast and abstinence. (Chicken broth is ok. Bacon bits are not.) And he loves to announce Meat Fridays via his Facebook page.
Meat Fridays are Fridays, typically days of abstinence from meat, that are either solemnities (high feast days) or the Friday that falls with in the Octave of Easter. And this Friday falls during the Octave of Easter, so, yup, you guessed it! It's Meat Friday!
According to the Chef, to eat or serve fish on a Meat Friday is as bad as serving meat on a Fish Friday. He believes it is our duty as Catholics to consume meat, preferably multiple forms of meat, on these special days.
For your meat eating pleasure, I will now list the dates of the 2012 Meat Fridays in red, as well as other solemnities that do not fall on Fridays this year, but should they fall on Friday, they would indeed be Meat Fridays.
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, January 1st
Epiphany, January 8th
Saint Joseph, March 19th
Annunciation, March 26th
Easter Sunday and Its Octave (In 2012, this is Sunday, April 8th, through Saturday, April 14th, including Meat Friday, April 13th.)
Ascension, May 17th
Sacred Heart, Meat Friday, June 15th
Birth of John the Baptist, June 24th
Saints Peter and Paul, Meat Friday, June 29th
Assumption, August 15th
All Saints, November 1st
Immaculate Conception, December 8th
Christmas, December 25th
So, defrost the fatted calf and celebrate the Resurrection!