The exclusion of flesh meat and all foods made therefrom, imposed by ecclesiastical law on Fridays, on Ember days and certain vigils and, in Lent, in some dioceses also on Saturday. The law of abstinence binds all the faithful, not legitimately impeded or dispensed, from the age of seven years.

MLA Citation

  • Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro. “abstinence”. A Small Liturgical Dictionary, 1950. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 July 2012. Web. 23 February 2019. <http://catholicsaints.info/abstinence/>