A nine day fast prior to the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who under the title of the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of the United States.
Offered on behalf of the Church in the United States in the two months before the 2008 general election,
that her unity may be made manifest by the charity of her members;
that she may be seen as both the sign and the safeguard of the transcendent character of the human person;
and in reparation for the many manifestations of our country's disdain for that transcendent character.
Since one doesn't fast on Sunday, the days of the fast are August 29-30 and September 1-6.
And, although this fast does not bind under law,
The law of fasting allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food in the morning and evening, observing —- as far as quantity and quality are concerned -— approved local custom.