LENT: Fasting and Abstinence Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. FASTING means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals ABSTINENCE means to refrain from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older..