The first Friday of Lent falls one week from today, and, like all Fridays during Lent, it will be a day of abstinence. All Catholics over the age of 14 are required to abstain from meat and from food made with meat. (For more details, see What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence in the Catholic Church?)
Most people know that Catholics used to abstain from meat on every Friday of the year, but did you know that the Church still encourages us to do so? If you'd like to learn a little more about the history and current practice of abstinence, check out Abstinence as Spiritual Discipline.
And if you're looking for meatless Lent recipes, make sure to try out these Lenten Recipes: Meatless Recipes for Lent and Throughout the Year, a collection of delicious Lent recipes (and other meat-free recipes) from around the world.