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Can Catholics Eat Meat on Good Friday?

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Question: Can Catholics Eat Meat on Good Friday?

Good Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, is one of the most sacred days in the Christian calendar. Can you eat meat on Good Friday?

Answer: Under the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence in the Catholic Church, Good Friday is a day of strict fasting (only one full meal, and two small snacks that don't add up to to a full meal) and abstinence from all meat and foods made with meat. This abstinence is a form of penance in honor of the death of Christ on the Cross.

For more details about fasting and abstinence during Lent, see What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence in the Catholic Church?

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