Ember Day

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Ember Day

A day reserved for prayer and fasting by some Christian churches, observed on the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the first Sunday of Lent, after Whitsunday, after September 14, and after December 13.

[Middle English ymber daye, from Old English ymbrendæg : ymbryne, recurrence, course of time (ymbe, around; see ambhi in Indo-European roots + ryne, a running; see rei- in Indo-European roots) + dæg, day; see day.]

Em′ber 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 some Western churches.
[before 1050; Middle English; Old English ymbrendæg=ymbryne recurrence (ymb(e) around + ryne a running) + dæg day]
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Noun1.Ember Day - a day set aside for fasting and prayer
Christian holy day - a religious holiday for Christians
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(Postmaster General James Farley, a Catholic, visited Couchwood on a designated Ember Day and is the only visitor on record not to partake in barbecue; he was served fish from Lake Catherine.)
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By Nick Ripatrazone, an author of seven books, including a recent collection of short stories, Ember Days (Alleyway Books).