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(“4 ember periods,” from Lat. for “4” and OE ymbren, perhaps a corruption of ymbryne, “period; revolution of time; cycle,” from ymb, “about; round” and ryne, “course; running”; or from Lat. quatuor tempora, “4 periods”). Four periods, of 3 ember days each, set aside for fasting,* prayer, and almsgiving in the 4 seasons (Lat. ieiunia [“fasts”] quatuor temporum). The pattern followed in modern times was est. in the 11th c.: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after (1) 1st Sunday in Lent; (2) Pentecost; (3) Holy Cross Day, September 14; (4) St. Lucia's Day, December 13.

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