Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.

Ember Days

Ember Days, certain ecclesiastical seasons set apart for praying for a blessing upon the fruits of the earth. The word is said to be a corruption of quatuor tempera (four seeesons), and the uniform' times for holding them were fixed by the Council of Placentia in 1095. These times are the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the 1st Sunday in Lent, Pentecost, the Feast of Holy Cross (14th September), and the Feast of St. Lucy (13th December). The Sunday after the Ember week is generally chosen for Ordinations.