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Why Fish on Friday--Part III

Canisius | 19 April, 2006 00:47

A quick update on the fish question. A book I saw recently suggests that fish have some connection with the Eucharist; the author didn't explain what he meant, but I can only assume that he alludes to the fact that Christ multiplied fish along with the loaves when he foreshadowed the Eucharistic banquet. Dom Gueranger (VI,608) also says that Christians used to be called "the fish of Christ" since it was from water that they came forth Christians.

This doesn't get us to "OK, guys, eat fish on Fridays if you want to," but it does add some nice theological fluff to toss about if someone asks you about the Friday Fish Question. Something like this: "And besides, fish symbolize the Eucharist [INSERT MEMORIZED GOSPEL PASSAGE HERE], so we don't fast from fish or bread just as we don't fast from communion. And hey, what could be more natural than eating fish? We're kind of like fish, as Christians [HERE TOSS AROUND DOM PROSPER GUERANGER'S NAME TO IMPRESS THEM]. Eating fish on Friday is like renewing our baptismal vows!"


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