You know it's Friday, right?
Yeah, sure, Lent is over, but you have to do something. Them's the rules.
For the last few years, I've continued to go meatless on Fridays. Most of the time, it's no trouble at all. But every so often, something comes up: we go out to eat or to someone's house, and not having meat is awkward or even rude. In such cases I might decide to drink water only or come up with some other substitution (acceptable on Fridays outside of Lent). But even then, I've caught myself surveying the situation (BBQ at friends' house: steak, wine, homemade pie...hmm, maybe I'll sacrifice something tomorrow) and picking something convenient.
A friend recently mentioned doing penitential prayers on the Fridays outside of Lent. I questioned her further, since I had no idea what she was talking about. She said her family did a litany on Fridays as a substitution. What a great idea!
I went through a list of indulgenced prayers, sought Bill's opinion, and finally selected the Te Deum as a worthy substitution for meatless Fridays. I actually plan to observe meatless Fridays as often as possible, but for the Fridays I forget, or we're traveling, or we are at the "mercy" of someone else's cooking, I'll have pre-planned my sacrifice.
As for us tonight, I've heard there's a local place that sells British-style fried fish on Fridays. I'm going to check it out. If they don't, I bought my own batter and some flounder. Yum yum.
Remember, it's not the sacrifice as much as it is the obedience.
***UNCLE!!: Okay, I thought the exceptions were for Solemnities only! I'll grant you the Octave of Easter (although I still intend to have fried fish tonight, because I like it!). I guess my post for next Friday is already done...