There is really only one bad thing about eating to your local, high-end steakhouse: all the other people cramming up the restaurant around you! These places are super popular because of their amazing product, but that means long lines and slow service on weekends. Lucky for us, the Catholic church came to the rescue with a solution. For six weeks every year, you can take your family to your favorite meatery on Friday night without having to fight the crowds. (Meatery? That’s a meat-eatery!)
So what is, “Meatmass?” Meatmass is the celebration of meat! It is celebrated on the first Friday of Lent each year. It is observed by anyone and everyone who loves meat. Catholics are not excluded from our celebration, but only if they are willing to sin a little bit. We do this for very much the same reason that any group celebrates and observes a holiday: inclusion and celebration among ourselves. The rules are simple, gorge yourself on an unhealthy portion of beef. You can do this by yourself, with your significant other, or if you’re so daring, you could even host a Meatmass party. I sure will be!
As a non-Catholic, I have absolutely no qualms with Lent or Catholicism. As a matter of fact, being that we’re a day drive from the ocean, I think it’s simply fantastic to have such easy access to fresh fish. Normally, I don’t have much trust in Pittsburgh seafood, but thanks to Lent, massive amounts of fresh, delicious fish are imported every Friday. Believe me, I plan on enjoying plenty of fish sandwiches between now and Easter.
Just because Meatmass falls on the first Friday doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate for the entire six weeks. For the duration of Lent, I have pretty much the same routine every Friday: delectable fish sandwich for lunch; mouth-watering, savory filet mignon or porterhouse steak for dinner. With the crowds gone from my favorite meateries, I’ll finally get to enjoy all of their meat to myself. I have even contemplated sending the Catholic church a thank you card, but this blog will have to suffice.
Meatmass falls on Friday, February 15 this year.