ember day
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English ymbrendæg, from ymbrene circuit, anniversary + dæg day Date: before 12th century a Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday following the first Sunday in Lent, Whitsunday, September 14, or December 13 set apart for fasting and prayer in Western churches

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  • Ember day — any of the days in the quarterly three day period of prayer and fasting (the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, after Whitsunday, after Sept. 14, and after Dec. 13) observed in the Roman Catholic Church and other… …   Universalium

  • Ember day — Em′ber day n. rel any of the days in the quarterly three day period of prayer and fasting (the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday in Lent, after Whitsunday, after Sept. 14, and after Dec. 13) observed in some Western churches… …   From formal English to slang

  • Ember Day — noun a day set aside for fasting and prayer • Hypernyms: ↑Christian holy day …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ember day — noun any of a number of days reserved for fasting and prayer in the Western Christian Church. Origin OE ymbren, perh. an alt. of ymbryne period , from ymb about + ryne course …   English new terms dictionary

  • Ember-days — /emˈbər dāz/ plural noun The three Fast days (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) in each quarter, following the first Sunday in Lent, Whitsunday, Holy Cross Day (14 September), and St Lucia s Day (13 December) ORIGIN: OE ymbryne a circuit, from ymb… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ember days — In the liturgical calendar of the Western Christian churches, Ember days are four separate sets of three days within the same week mdash;specifically, the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mdash;roughly equidistant in the circuit of the year, that… …   Wikipedia

  • Ember Days and Ember Weeks — ▪ Roman Catholic and Anglican churches       in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, four “times” set apart for special prayer and fasting and for the ordination of the clergy. The Ember Weeks are the complete weeks following (1) Holy Cross… …   Universalium

  • Ember Days —    The Ember Days are the Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after the First Sunday in Lent; Whitsun Day; the 14th of September and the 13th day of December, and are regarded as the Fasts of the four seasons. The time of their observance was… …   American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Ember days — Four groups of three days in the Church calendar during which fasting was observed, i.e. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday following the first Sunday in Lent, *Pentecost, Holy Cross Day (14 September), St Lucy s Day (13 December). Ember Week was one …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 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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