Friday, March 24, 2006
Vigil of the Annunciation: Eat Meat on Friday!
As of about a half hour ago, it stopped being a day of abstinence here; that's when I prayed first Vespers for the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
It is a little known fact that a solemnity trumps a day of abstinence; so when a solemnity falls on a Friday in Lent . . . you are (in my considered judgment) free to eat meat if you wish. Such was the case last year, when Annunciation fell on Friday...
And also this year, with the Vigil. The Solemnity begins on the Vigil.