Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Days in each of the four seasons of the year set apart by the Roman Catholic and other western liturgical churches for prayer and fasting. They are the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, after Whit-Sunday, after September 14th, and after December 13th. The weeks in which ember-days fall are called
ember-weeks. The Sundays immediately following these seasons are still appointed by the canons of the Anglican Church for the ordination of priests and deacons.
“Advent, for the ember-days except those of the Pentecostal season, and for all vigils, except those of Christmas, Epiphany, the”
“Archbishop Egbert of York in his "Dialogus" speaks of the dispositions made by St. Gregory for the observance of the ember-days in "Antiphonaria cum missalibus suis" which he had consulted at Rome”
“They have nothing to do with either St. Cyprian or St. Martin, whose days only serve as key-days to them (cf. Holy Cross and St. Lucy, as key-days to the September and December ember-days).”
“Such are the days that were originally liturgical days -- week-days in Lent, ember-days, and vigils.”
“They are all days of a penitential nature, conspicuously the ember-days.”
“Sunday and other day (vigils, ember-days, feriæ in Lent) that has a proper Mass.”
“Lent, on prescribed vigils, and the ember-days; to abstain from meat on Fridays and Saturdays; to go to confession once a year; to receive”
“Violet is used during Advent and from Septuagesima to Easter, on vigils that are fast days, and on ember-days, except the vigil of”
“Epiphany to Septuagesima, and from the octave of Pentecost to Advent, except on ember-days and vigils during that time, and on Sundays occurring within an octave.”
“Pentecost and the ember-days during the octave of Pentecost.”
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