Smoking Before Mass?
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(11-06-2009, 02:30 PM)Walty Wrote: I've never understood this after midnight nonsense.  Is that supposed to give people fasting times for when they go to Mass at 6 in the morning?
Don't call what you don't understand "nonsense". That is very...foolish.

For most of history, mass was only celebrated in the morning, so "from midnight" was "no breakfast" before mass. This was to provide optimal digestion for the Eucharist and prevent any undue prolonging of its Presence in the body.

Then, quite recently, mass was allowed to be celebrated in the afternoon (this is one of the reasons why afternoon masses can count for the next day) and the fast was changed to three hours. You can see why. For most people before, "from midnight" was essentially just delaying eating for a few hours at the most from when they'd normally eat.

So much for the nonsense :)

Quote:Sometimes I don't eat a thing all day until after midnight.  And I usually go to mass in the afternoon.  Does this make me a modernist?
Modernism is a clearly defined heresy, so no. It means that the definitions used are not applicable to your specific circumstance.

For example, I typically eat only one meal, in the afternoon, and I'm a vegan. Technically, I fulfill almost all the requirements for "fasting" that the Church uses. However, I am not fasting in reality. My situation does not apply to the rule. So, although I fulfill the letters of the law, I must actually fast when I'm supposed to (and if I choose to at other times). I do this by eating less, not eating at all, or eating less tasty things although I am normally fond of bland food anyway.
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Smoking Before Mass? - by Walty - 11-06-2009, 12:32 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by libby - 11-06-2009, 12:49 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Texican - 11-06-2009, 12:52 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Louis_Martin - 11-06-2009, 01:50 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by amasimp - 11-06-2009, 02:25 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Walty - 11-06-2009, 02:30 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Walty - 11-06-2009, 02:31 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Historian - 11-06-2009, 02:53 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Historian - 11-06-2009, 03:10 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by mamalove - 11-10-2009, 12:08 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Joshua - 11-10-2009, 01:01 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Historian - 12-04-2009, 08:06 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by CanadianCatholic - 12-04-2009, 11:07 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by artificial person - 12-04-2009, 11:40 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by churchesoffortwayne - 12-07-2009, 02:27 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by JacafamalaRedux - 12-20-2009, 07:20 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by timoose - 12-24-2009, 07:18 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Historian - 12-24-2009, 07:58 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by churchesoffortwayne - 12-27-2009, 03:36 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by DarkKnight - 12-29-2009, 04:46 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by Vetus Ordo - 12-31-2009, 11:14 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by CanadianCatholic - 12-31-2009, 11:31 PM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by churchesoffortwayne - 01-02-2010, 01:37 AM
Re: Smoking Before Mass? - by matthew_talbot - 01-02-2010, 08:57 AM
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