from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a day appointed for fasting, humiliation, and religious offices as a means of invoking the favor of God.
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- n. a day designated for fasting
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Resolved, by the General Assembly, the House of Representatives concurring, that the joint committee appointed to make arrangements for the observance of fast day be requested to wait on the Rev.Dr. Higgins and ask of him the manuscript sermon, delivered by him on Thursday last, and that one thousand copies of the same be printed for the use of the General Assembly, and also; the lecture delivered Thursday night by the Rev.Dr. Marshall, and that they be printed within two weeks and that the expenses of the same be paid for out of the contingent fund, by the Governor.
Tertullian uses the actual word, reservare, and seems to suggest that a man who scrupled to break his fast on a fast day might approach the Holy Table and carry the Blessed Sacrament away with him to consume it later on – "accepto corpore Domini et reservato, utrumque salvum est, et participatio sacramenti et executio officii" ( "De orat.",