1917 Fast Observance Today*: Fasting, maximum food intake is one meal, along with two small meal (that together don’t equate to another full meal). No snacking in between and no alcohol consumption today. No high-caloric “drinks” like milkshakes, smoothies, etc.
*Applicable to healthy adults between ages of 21-60 (some exemptions exist – see 1917 Fast: The Specifics)
1917 Abstinence Observance Today**: Full abstinence, no meat or meat products may be eaten.
**Applicable to all age 7 and over.
Potential Prayer(s): Today is the start of the Divine Mercy novena that ends on Divine Mercy Sunday, 4/23, and the Sorrowful Mysteries Rosary.
Potential Fast Intention: For all of us, as we all crucified Christ.
Potential Give: Finish anything that you have been putting off this Lent to do for someone else.
Fasting Inspiration of the Day: Christ crucified.
“Christ reconciled four worlds by destroying two barriers: one horizontal, separating the Jews from the Pagans, the other vertical, which had removed mankind from God.” — St. Gregory of Nyssa
Comments of the Day: Today is the day we are saved and redeemed. Today is the day we are able to break the bonds of sin put in place by Adam and Eve’s disobedience and become adopted children of God.
The very word “excruciating” comes from two Latin words: ex cruciatus, or out of the cross. It is a pain that is unlike any other, and only comes from the pain of crucifixion.
Generally, death from crucifixion comes from exhaustion and asphyxiation as sufferers are kept on their crosses sometimes for days until that occurs. Our Lord suffered the most painful torture for us, on a wooden beam which is made up of splinters of our sin. The least we can do is to meditate on His suffering, and pray and fast for His forgiveness and grace.
- The Crucifixion took place outside the walls of Jerusalem (as depicted in this icon) to express not only the people’s rejection of the Messiah, but also the universal character of the Sacrifice. It is likewise a reminder that those who follow Christ are exiles of this world.
- Christ’s agony on the Cross: “O God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me…” (Ps. 22:1) was neither a sign of weakness nor loss of Faith in His Father but rather the recitation of Psalm 22. One of the Fathers said: “Christ became sin for us though He knew no sin. He became a curse for us, though He was the Blessed of God.”
- A hymn in contemplation to this event said: “Today is hung upon the Tree, He Who hung the earth upon the waters. A crown of thorns crowns Him Who is King of Angels. He is wrapped about with purple of mockery Who wrapped the Heavens with clouds. He received buffetings Who received Adam in the Jordan. He was transfixed with nails Who is the Bridegroom of the Church. He was pierced with a spear Who is the Son of the Virgin. We worship Thy Passion, O Christ; show also unto us Thy Glorious Resurrection.”
- John Chrysostom affirms that Adam’s tomb is said to have been at Golgotha and an earthquake exposed his skull.