DAYS OF FASTING
AND OF ABSTINENCE
RULES TO KNOW WHEN THE MOVEABLE FEASTS AND HOLY-DAYS BEGIN.
EASTER-DAY (on which all the rest depend) is always the first SUNDAY after the Full Moon which happeneth upon, or next after, the Twenty-first day of March: and if the Full Moon shall happen upon a SUNDAY, EASTER-DAY is the SUNDAY after.
ADVENT SUNDAY is always the SUNDAY nearest to the Feast of SAINT ANDREW whether before or after.
SEPTUAGESIMA SUNDAY is Nine Weeks before EASTER.
SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY is Eight Weeks before EASTER.
QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY is Seven Weeks before EASTER.
ASH WEDNESDAY is Forty Days before EASTER.
QUADRAGESIMA SUNDAY is Six Weeks before EASTER.
ROGATION SUNDAY is Five Weeks after EASTER.
ASCENSION-DAY is Forty Days after EASTER.
WHITSUNDAY is Seven Weeks after EASTER.
TRINITY SUNDAY is Eight Weeks after EASTER.
CORPUS CHRISTI is the THURSDAY after TRINITY SUNDAY.
TheOCTAVES of the Christian Year are reckoned as being the Holy-day itself and the six or seven days following next after. The OCTAVES appointed to observed are as followeth:
CHRISTMASTIDE, which is CHRISTMAS-DAY and seven days after.
EPIPHANYTIDE, which is EPIPHANY-DAY and seven days after.
EASTERTIDE, which is EASTER-DAY and seven days after.
ASCENSIONTIDE, which is ASCENSION-DAY and seven days after.
WHITSUNTIDE, which is WHITSUNDAY and six days after.
ASSUMPTIONTIDE, which is ASSUMPTION-DAY and seven days after.
MICHAELMASTIDE, which is MICHAELMAS-DAY and seven days after.
HALLOWMASTIDE, which is ALL SAINTS’ DAY and seven days after.
TheSEASONS of the Christian Year are: The four weeks of ADVENT; the twelve days of CHRISTMASTIDE; the weeks of GREAT EPIPHANYTIDE; the forty days of LENT; the two weeks of PASSIONTIDE; the forty days of EASTERTIDE; the three days of ROGATIONTIDE; and all the weeks from TRINITY SUNDAY until ADVENT SUNDAY which are called TRINITYTIDE