Current Church Discipline for Penance During Lent

Law of Abstinence – Begins on one’s 14th birthday; Abstinence from flesh meat.

Days of Abstinence – Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent

Law of Fasting – Applies to everyone aged 18 to 59; Only one full meal may be taken, but two smaller meals that do not add to one full meal may also be taken.

Days of Fasting – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday

Days of Penance – All days of Lent are obligatory days of penance on which some suitable penance should be done, the exceptions being Sundays and the Solemnities of St. Joseph (transferred to March 20) and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 25).

*All are encouraged to be generous in their Lenten Penances. For the former Church discipline for Lent, see the FSSP Liturgical Calendar.