Catholic News Service
Ember day this Advent will focus on marriage and family life.
Catholic News Service
Ember day this Advent will focus on marriage and family life.
Parishioners are encouraged to participate in the Advent Ember Day on Wednesday, Dec. 4. An Ember Day is a day for prayer and fasting. Ember days in the Archdiocese of Portland are encouraged, but not obligatory. 

Archbishop Emeritus John Vlazny re-established Ember days in 2002. They are celebrated three times per year: Advent, Lent and in September.  The prayer intention for the Advent Ember Day is “for the strengthening of marriage and family life."

To fast means to eat only one full meal on this day. 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.