Palms are engulfed in flames during a palm-burning ceremony at Holy Cross Church in Nesconset, N.Y., Feb. 19.
The Ember Day for Lent will be Wednesday, March 21. An Ember Day is one set aside for voluntary prayer and fasting. In the Archdiocese of Portland, Ember Days are observed during Advent, Lent and in September. Archbishop John Vlazny reinstituted Ember Days in the Archdiocese of Portland in 2002 as days of prayer and fasting for victims of child sexual abuse.
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.