Yes. As stated in the
1983 Code of Canon Law...
"Can. 1250 The
penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole
year and the season of Lent."
Is traditional to
abstain on all Fridays of the year (e.g. eat as a vegetarian). [Note: If one
is already a vegetarian, choosing another suitable form of penance may be
Also note that...
"Can. 1253 The
Episcopal Conference can determine more particular ways in which fasting and
abstinence are to be observed. In place of abstinence or fasting it can
substitute, in whole or in part, other forms of penance, especially works of
charity and exercises of piety." (1983 Code of Canon Law)
Note that Friday
penance may be considered a grave obligation.
Also, recall that our
Lord was crucified on
Good Friday, so Friday penance should be done in reparation for sin & in
may vary (for example, where allowed, it may be possible for an individual to
choose their form of penance). Not items may not apply to all persons (e.g.
those of a certain age, those with certain health conditions, etc.). For current
information regarding what is required for Friday penance in your area, contact
your parish or diocese. For medical information, contact a good doctor.
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of God is unmistakable: unless we do penance, we shall perish (Lk. xiii. 3)"
Penance has other meanings [besides the Sacrament]. It means also those
punishments we inflict upon ourselves as a means of atoning for our past sins;
it means likewise that disposition of the heart in which we detest and bewail
our sins because they were offensive to God." (Baltimore Catechism)
then is, as it were, a salutary weapon placed in the hands of the valiant
soldiers of Christ, who wish to fight for the defense and restoration of the
moral order in the universe. It is a weapon that strikes right at the root of
all evil, that is at the lust of material wealth and the wanton pleasures of
life. By means of voluntary sacrifices, by means of practical and even painful
acts of self-denial, by means of various works of penance, the noble-hearted
Christian subdues the base passions that tend to make him violate the moral
order. But if zeal for the divine law and brotherly love are as great in him as
they should be, then not only does he practice penance for himself and his own
sins, but he takes upon himself the expiation of the sins of others, imitating
the Saints who often heroically made themselves victims of reparation for the
sins of whole generations, imitating even the divine Redeemer, who became the
Lamb of God 'who taketh away the sins of the world' (John i. 29)." (Pope Pius
XI, "Caritate Christi Compulsi", 1932 A.D.)
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