Lent is a blessed and joyful time when we prepare our hearts to fully receive the Risen Christ at Easter. Lent is also a time of Fast and Abstinence. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. The law of fasting applies to people from 18 to 59 years old. Everyone aged 14 years and older is bound by the law of abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.