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Why is fish not considered meat during Lent?
As a generic culinary and butchery term of art, "meat" refers to the muscular flesh of a mammal. This is the definition most commonly applied by governments in meat product regulation and food labeling, and in religious rites and rituals. Edible birds and fish/seafood are not "meat" under this application but are treated separately from mammals. Likewise, amphibians and reptiles, not to mention the "meat" of edible insects, arachnids, and so on. Religious rites and rituals regarding food also tend to apply this distinction, classifying the birds of the air and the fish of the sea separately from land-bound mammals. Sea-bound mammals are often treated as fish under religious laws. Following is stated in the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church. Can. 1250 The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent. Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays, unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Please click the link below for information.
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This is actually the result of an unusual edict from the pope: During the earlier ages of Christianity, fishing played a big part of Rome's economy (what with Italy being su…rrounded by water and all). But, with everyone having to give up meat for lent, the economy essentially ground to a halt during that time period. To prevent that, the pope issued a decree that it was ok for fish to be consumed during lent, though other meat still had to be given up.
You can eat any type of meat, except on Fridays when no meat is to be eaten. However, fish and other types of seafood are not considered to be meat.
Culturally there is a general preference for meat over fish. Lent is a time of sacrifice and penance in order to prepare for Easter, so the Church has deemed it appropriate to… abstain from meat (the preferred meal) on Fridays as a sacrifice.
This answer will be based according to your Faith. Catholics observe fasting during lent and fasting can be classified into 2 categories: 1. Full Fasting, literally no food …intake. 2. Partial Fasting. This is done with water or light meal. This fasting is observed by person who has for medical issues and as prescribed by doctors.
You do not eat meat only on Fridays.
Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent and being of age 14 years or older.
They do eat meat during Lent, just not on Fridays and fish doesn't count as meat. The purpose is to give up something in edification for all venial sins during the past week. … Catholics are supposed to not eat meat on any Friday all-year round but some Bishops' conferences, with permission from the Holy See, stated that on any non-Lent Fridays, Catholics can opt to do something else instead. Only during Lent (in those countries with a dispensation) should Fridays be meat-free, with it being a grave offense (mortal sin) to eat meat on this day.
Yes, but not on Fridays or Ash Wednesday.
No. You may eat Fish freely during Lent
On Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent, no meat is permitted for those age 14 and older
Up to age 13 I went to a Christian school and for a hot lunch menu for Fridays during Lent they would have meatless meals. At age 14 I went to a Catholic school and change…d religions. My sister graduated from that school and is still a Christian so far and eats meat on Fridays during Lent. That's why I need a specific answer as to whether Christians do or don't eat meat on ash Wednesday and on Fridays during Lent.
Catholic Answer If there is a problem with your protein intake and for some reasonyou could not assimilate protein from fish, seafood, dairyproducts, or soybean; then you shou…ld talk this over with yourconfessor or pastor and I am sure they will give you adispensation. But remember that you are only going without meat onone day a week (two for the first week), so even then I don't thinkyou would have a major problem. You might need to speak with yourdoctor.
Though frankly a rather outdated idea, it is based on the principal that most people, for many hundreds of years, considered the "meat" course to be the main basis of their me…al. Not allowing meat on certain days was a form of imposed self-mortification, a little "sacrifice" to remind people of the enormity of the sacrifice that Christ made for them by dying on the cross. I say it is somewhat outdated because such a high percentage of people today either rarely eat meat, or would just as soon have seafood anyway.