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OK - my husband asked me a real stumper the other night - why is fish not considered "meat" and thus we are able to eat it on Fridays during Lent (or as I was brought up with pre-Vatican II parents EVERY Friday!). I was told one time what the reason is but for the life of me cannot remember. Thanks for your answer.

The first idea is to fast in some general way to remember the sacrifice of Christ, beginning with his fasting of 40 days and ending with his death. The second idea, isolating meat in particular, is to not partake in feasting while fasting. Fish was for years much less precious than meat. It is now not always so, but what we really try to do as Catholics is to not do any feasting on fasting days. Catholics who go out for a nice lobster dinner on Fridays during Lent are missing the point.

Let's also remember the Good Friday link to Passover. For Jews it had long been a day of sacrifice, and they killed a lamb. Then Christ was killed, and in the eyes of the new Chrsitians, he became the new passover lamb. They remembered that by not eating animal flesh on Friday.


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