Ember day

Ember day

noun
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 the Roman Catholic Church and other Western churches.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English ymber day, Old English ymbrendæg, plural -dagas, equivalent to ymbryne recurrence (ymb(e) around + ryne a running) + dæg day

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ember day

noun
a day set aside for fasting and prayer 
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