Ember Week Reminder and a Question for Readers May 16, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Domestic Church, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Liturgical Year, mortification, priests, Tradition, Virtue.
This week is Ember Week, but it is also the Octave of Pentecost, a First Class Feast throughout the week. As such, in a “normal” week of this type, it would be all feasting with no prescribed fasting or abstinence. How to reconcile the penance of Ember Week with such a festive season? I asked a priest to find out. Here is what he recommends:
- The festive nature of the season “outweighs” the penitential nature of Ember Week
- However, the festive nature is not by law, as it would be on a Sunday
- Thus, the penances of Ember Week become optional (which, with their formal abolition, they really have been for years, but many still try to adhere to them as if they had not been abolished).
- So, you can engage in the Ember Week fast and abstinence as you feel appropriate. Some may opt to conduct their Ember Week as if it were not the Octave of Pentecost. Some may adopt only portions of Ember Week penance. Some may feast it up. All are permissible, according to the priest.
I thought some might appreciate the clarification. The above is obviously not a verbatim quote.
Finally, my question. Father David Konderla was named the Bishop of Tulsa last Friday. He will replace Bishop Edward Slattery, who has been generally supportive of the TLM and Clear Creek Monastery. I have one report from a local source who knows Konderla that describes him as “solid.” Anyone else know of his position regarding Tradition and the TLM in particular? I’ve only been to Clear Creek once, but I really enjoyed it and pray the level of local support for the monastery remains the same, or even improves.
Thanking you in advance.