Hi! It hit me today that I’ve been actually eating liturgically for 5 years now, and have been doing the social media Eating Liturgically for years this Advent. Wow! One of my assignments for formation to the priesthood is to write about a personal Rule of Life, and I’m like, “I eat mindfully and prayerfully around the liturgical calendar – check me out at @eatingliturgically!” and the COM kind of takes a step back.
I have a lot of content to work with, is what I’m saying.
But it occurred to me that I write and reflect on this stuff like I’ve been in conversation with whosever’s reading for 4+ years, and really, some people may be just dropping in and need a bit of an introduction.
So, here’s the basics.
The Liturgical Calendar has Feast and Fast days. You can find them in the Book of Common Prayer starting on page 15.
I realized for myself, I needed something for those other days, those non-Feast, non-Fast days, in order to keep those days unique and special. I call those days Fierce Days – they are NOT church/liturgical designations – they are just…days. On Fierce Days I don’t eat food I’d eat on a Feast Day, and I don’t restrict like I would on a Fast Day.
Usually, the calendar is Mon-Thurs (Fierce), Fri (Fast), Sat (Fierce), Sun (Feast).
There are major Feasts which fall on Mon-Thurs or Sat sometimes – then I Feast.
There are Fasts which fall on Mon-Sat – then I Fast.
Some days I am sick or weary or overwhelmed. My go-to on those days is to eat unhealthily or gluttonously. To avoid using Feast things for these days, I created a Fragile Day category with healthy, comforting, non-junk foods. Fragile Days happen when they need to happen.
Since I need to check against the calendar each day to see which kind of day it is, it gives me the opportunity to turn towards God. I orient my meals around something other than the secular world. A good example is Advent season. The secular world is already feasting on holiday goodies. I wait until Christmas, the first Feast day of the Christmas season.
I post This Week’s Days each week to make life easy to plan – check it out!