Our Rich Traditions of Ember Wednesday of Advent

Posted December 14, 2016 9:56 am by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Our Rich Traditions of Ember Wednesday of Advent

Do you remember the little mnemonic poems?  “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”, or else
“Fasting days and Emberings be
Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie.”
The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after St. Lucy are the Advent Ember Days.
In the old Julian calendar before the Gregorian reform, 13 December was the darkest day of the year.  Hence, St. Lucy, whose name is from the Latin lux… “light”, reminds us who dwell in the still darkening Northern Hemisphere that our days will soon be getting longer again. Lucy is depicted in art with a lantern, or with a crown of candles, or with her own eyes on a

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