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Palms burn to make ashes for penitence. Archbishop John Vlazny has called for an Ember Day Dec. 5 for effective faith formation of children and adults
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Palms burn to make ashes for penitence. Archbishop John Vlazny has called for an Ember Day Dec. 5 for effective faith formation of children and adults
Parishioners are invited to participate in the Advent Ember Day scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 5. An Ember Day is one set aside for voluntary prayer and fasting.  Ember Day practices are encouraged, but not obligatory.

Ember Days were established in the Archdiocese of Portland in 2002 by Archbishop John G. Vlazny. They are held three times a year: in the Advent season, in Lent and in September.

To fast means to eat only one full meal. The other two meals should be less than the normal amount unless they are already at the minimum for good health. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.

The prayer intention for this Ember Day is for the effective faith formation of children and adults.