During Lent, Roman Catholics tend to abstain from eating meat on Friday’s with the notable exception of fish and by extension seafood. Traditionally speaking, the rationale behind for going meat, is that this small sacrifice is being made to remind Christians of the larger sacrifice of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. Fish has often been granted as an exception to the prohibition against eating meat on Friday during Lent because early Christians would often great each other by drawing a symbolic fish in the dirt so that each person could know the other one was a Christian. The Koine Greek word for fish was ἰχθύς (ICTHUS) which the early Christians read as an anagram for Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Savior. Additionally Christ prepared fish for his disciples after his resurrection, which was particularly meaningful to the disciples because they were fisherman. Jesus told his disciples that they were to become “fishers of men” as a means of encouraging them to go out and tell the world the Good News/Gospel of our Lord. Few Catholics today keep the tradition of eating fish on Friday because for many it has lost its meaning especially because many people opted for more expensive seafoods like lobster, crabs, mussels, etc. The point of eating fish on Friday is to live sacrificially and simply while being reminded of the sacrifice made by Christ for us and that is truly the most important part of Lenten practice. For more information on why do Catholics eat Fish on Friday and other interesting stories about Catholics see: Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?, by Michael P. Foley; published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.