Are you a Good Friday fish fanatic?

Tradition dictates that most Christians eat fish-based products on Good Friday, based on the Catholic practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays for penance. I’m wondering who holds to this tradition and who doesn’t. My family eats fish, probably as much due to tradition as it is the fact we’re people who love eating seafood, be it prawns, fish, or other food from the sea.

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7 Responses

  1. i dont think i have ever eaten fish on good friday, as much as i like fish.

    i like to eat meat to break down non-biblical stereotypes

  2. I’ll clarify that my eating of fish isn’t a means of attaining any sort of satisfaction or seeking favour from God, but I guess it could be interpreted as a variation on fasting. Naturally, it’s the Scriptural truths that are the supreme thing we are called to remember, and not to be lost in something that can become mindless ritual.

    Carl, I can imagine you tucking into a hamburger tomorrow. 😛

  3. I didn’t even know such tradition existed in Christian circles until only recently, like… a few days ago! So, while I don’t remember eating fish on a Good Friday, even if I had eaten it, it would have had nothing to do with that tradition.
    Besides, I love fish, so for me to follow the tradition meaningfully(?) I would have to abstain from fish and eat meat instead, except… I like meat as well… veggies only? ah well… I’m just glad I am not bound by such tradition.

  4. thats right, everything is to be accepted with thankfulness, the issue is what is your heart doing at the time?
    so long as we are not self righteously trying to please God, then im okay with it….

    now where did that cow go?

  5. Romans 14:19-23 NIV
    19Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.

    22So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

    so is it better not to meat on good friday so brother is happy

  6. BTW, my mum made some lovely garlic prawns tonight – I’d take those most days of the week over cooked farmyard animal, so good they are.

  7. Yeah, although I am definitely not a papist, it is fish most fridays (except if we have pizza) and definitely on Good Friday. Simply out of respect; no blood.

    Plus it is good for me 🙂

    It’s not about “brownie points”; in Yeshua, God will not love me any less and cannot love me any more.

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