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  • Kevin 3 years

    There is an old legend, which says that during the Ember Weeks, the souls in purgatory are allowed to appear to those on Earth who are praying for them. Australian Ember Days don’t really follow the Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy system, so even if your are superstitious, your mileage may vary.

  • Kevin Totterdell 3 years

    I don’t get the comments above, so I’d like an explanation of it.

    • Kevin 3 years

      The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference sets Ember Days in Australia differently to the rest of the world. Ember Weeks are traditionally the week after the first Sunday of Lent, the week after Pentecost, the week after Holy Cross Day and the week after St Lucy’s Day. This is why children are taught the mnemonic “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”.

      The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of Ember Weeks are days of fast and abstinence. It’s an old wives’ tale that souls in purgatory visit those who pray for them during Ember Weeks.

  • David McCann 3 years

    Bede Griffith wrote, “when we speak of the ultimate state we are speaking of a mystery which cannot properly be expressed, and all language is defective”. I find this more helpful than the above article and the popular understanding of the afterlife we all learnt as children. David McCann