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Ash Wednesday is a day of penance observed by both fasting and abstinence from meat. Everyone over 14 years of age is bound to observe the law of abstinence. Abstinence is to be observed on all Fridays within the season of Lent and on Ash Wednesday.
On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday everyone over 18 and up to the beginning of their 60th year is also bound to observe the law of fast. On these two days, only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs; but together they should not equal another full meal. Like other penitential days, Ash Wednesday begins and ends at midnight. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, therefore, are the only days of bothfast and abstinence.