More on Lent, including the communal expression of penitential practices:
During Lent penance should not be only internal and individual, but also external and social. The practice of penance should be fostered in ways that are possible in our own times and in different regions, and according to the circumstances of the faithful; it should be encouraged by the authorities mentioned in Art. 22.
In previous generations, we had the parish fish fry. (Our parish still has one, but cheese pizza is also served.) Today the simple soup supper seems increasingly celebrated, at least in parishes I’ve lived in.
My readers will know I’m in favor of Reconciliation form III and non-sacramental penance services. If celebrated more frequently, they would serve to reestablish an individual and communal sense of sin in an appropriate way.
Nevertheless, let the paschal fast be kept sacred. Let it be celebrated everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible, prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the resurrection may be attained with uplifted and clear mind.
Do you keep the fast on Holy Saturday?