Visual Lenten abstinence rules

Lenten Regulations For Fast and Abstinence

In the United States, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All other Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence only.

ABSTINENCE: All persons who are 14 (beginning on the day after the 14th birthday) or older are bound by the law of abstinence. Eating meat and foods prepared with meat or meat by-products is not allowed.

FAST:  All adults between the ages of 18 (the day after the 18th birthday) and 58 (the day of the 59th birthday) are bound by the law of fast.

The law of fast allows only one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a day, and prohibits eating between meals. Those who are sick or pregnant are not bound by the law of fast.