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Ember Days

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Among many Christians, it is a custom to observe a cluster of three days, roughly around the start of the four seasons. They fall on a Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. They are special days of prayer for those about to be ordained into the ministry along with some measure of fasting or abstinence.
Referred to as Ember Days, the name is derived from the Latin quattuor tempora meaning “Four Times” or “Four Seasons”. We have long carried the Ember Days in our almanac. But, this year, they were not picked up. I have had several calls asking  the specific dates for 2009. Here they are:

June 3                           Ember Day

June 5, 6                       Ember Days


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September 16                Ember Day

September 18, 19          Ember Days


December 16                 Ember Day

December 18, 19           Ember Days



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1 comment

1 Keshea Slate { 07.09.09 at 10:23 pm }

Hi, my grandma said something about there being ember days in July and I am just checking to make sure so we are not misled and mess up in cutting our raspberry bushes. If you could let me know for sure that would be great. like I said I was just wondering just to be sure. Thanks a lot.

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