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Why fast on Wednesday and Friday?

Going back to the early years of the church, fasting took place on Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesday is the day Jesus was betrayed by Judas, so we fast in reparation for all sins and offenses. Friday was the day Jesus died on the cross. Fasting on these days reminds of us of Holy Week and also prepares us to receive the Eucharist that was instituted on Holy Thursday during the Last Supper.

Our Lady of Medjugorje also call us to fast:

“The best fast is on bread and water. Through fasting and prayer one can stop wars, one can suspend the natural laws of nature. Works of charity cannot replace fasting… Everyone except the sick, has to fast.” (July 21, 1982)

“Fast strictly on Wednesdays and Fridays.” (August 14, 1984)

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