[Sca-cooks] Fasting for Lent

Laura C. Minnick lcm at jeffnet.org
Wed Mar 9 18:48:01 PST 2011

> Liutgard said:
> <<<  I'm doing the full-out medieval fast. No meat, dairy, eggs. And I'm not
> planning to cheat with soy-based fake food. I'm going to see if I can
> eventually work my way into the 'one meal plus collation',>>>
> Huh? What do you mean by "the 'one meal plus collation'"? collation?

The 'collation' is a snack or very light meal before bed. Here's what 
the Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent says about it:

> Still more material was the relaxation afforded by the introduction of 
> "collation". This seems to have begun in the ninth century, when the 
> Council of Aix la Chapelle 
> <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01001a.htm#councils> sanctioned the 
> concession, even in monastic houses 
> <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04340c.htm>, of a draught of water or 
> other beverage in the evening to quench the thirst of those who were 
> exhausted by the manual labor of the day. From this small beginning a 
> much larger indulgence was gradually evolved. The principle of 
> /parvitas materiae/, i.e., that a small quantity of nourishment which 
> was not taken directly as a meal did not break the fast 
> <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05789c.htm>, was adopted by St. 
> Thomas Aquinas <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14663b.htm> and other 
> theologians <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14580a.htm>, and in the 
> course of centuries a recognized quantity of solid food, which 
> according to received authorities must not exceed eight ounces, has 
> come to be permitted after the midday repast. As this evening drink, 
> when first tolerated in the ninth-century monasteries 
> <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04340c.htm>, was taken at the hour at 
> which the "Collationes" (Conferences) of Abbot Cassian 
> <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03404a.htm> were being read aloud to 
> the brethren, this slight indulgence came to be known as a 
> "collation", and the name has continued since. 


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