This past Ember Wednesday, a young boy asked me, “What are Ember Days?”
I hemmed and hawed a bit in my answer, saying I once studied the subject but forgot a lot, but that ordinations to the ministry are an emphasis of Ember Days.
His commendable patience being tried by my efforts, he replied, “It’s okay to say you don’t know.”
I suspect I am not the only one who doesn’t know. So to be helpful I point my inquisitive readers to a fine essay I came across last night but written a few years ago, “The Glow of Ember Days” by Michael P. Foley. Another essay by Frank Weathers may be also be helpful.
I will say that there is still some scholarly dispute about the origin of Ember Days. So the counsel of the boy was wise.
May you have a Blessed Ember Friday and Saturday.