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By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia, 3/16/21

The Lenten obligation to abstain from meat is always lifted on St. Joseph’s feast day, March 19.

The Roman Catholic Church in the United States instructs the faithful to abstain from eating meat on each Friday of Lent. As the USCCB points out, “Catholic peoples from time immemorial have set apart Friday for special penitential observance by which they gladly suffer with Christ that they may one day be glorified with Him.”

Giving up meat on Fridays during Lent has always been a way to remember Jesus’ Passion and to offer a small sacrifice for God. This makes each Friday a somber occasion, dedicated to prayer and fasting. …