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Ember Days Are Here Again VULTUS CHRISTI - June 10, 2014 ... established times of prayer and fasting. 7 Thus the regulation of Pope Gelasius turned the Embertides into a general performance of spiritual exercises for all, similar in thought and purpose to our modern retreats and missions. The Holy Orders were then conferred before the Mass of Saturday, after the lessons which closed with the hymn "Benedictus" of the Old Testament (see Daniel 3, 52). 8 The Embertides have remained official times of ordination ever since. 9 Candidates are still obliged to ...