Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Fasting and Pregnancy

Q & A with Fr Job:
Question: Do there exist rules or canons concerning the keeping of the fast for pregnant women? Does one need to receive a blessing from a priest in every concrete circumstance?

Answer: Although the Church canons excuse from the fast only the seriously ill (Apostolic canon 69), however in practice pregnant women are blessed to eat the food that’s necessary for the full growth of the child in the mother’s womb. If it is possible to receive a blessing from a priest, that’s a good thing. If for reasons of health or other reasons this is difficult, then one can be satisfied with a general blessing.

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