Ember days
Ember Em"ber, a. [OE. ymber, AS. ymbren, ymbryne, prop., running around, circuit; ymbe around + ryne a running, fr. rinnan to run. See {Amb-}, and {Run}.] Making a circuit of the year of the seasons; recurring in each quarter of the year; as, ember fasts. [1913 Webster]

{Ember days} (R. C. & Eng. Ch.), days set apart for fasting and prayer in each of the four seasons of the year. The Council of Placentia [A. D. 1095] appointed for ember days the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, Whitsuntide, the 14th of September, and the 13th of December. The weeks in which these days fall are called ember weeks. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ember Days — In ecclesiastical law, those days which the ancient fathers called quatuor tempora jejunii are of great antiquity in the church. They are observed on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday next after Quadragesima Sunday, or the first Sunday in Lent,… …   Black's law dictionary

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