Feast of the Seven Fishes

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OK, so several times this week I have heard theories about why it is Seven fishes. But what if it is more practical. Since this is the vigil night before Christ’s birth and Catholics are waiting up to go to midnight Mass, could it be 7 course for the 7 hours you wait. 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm you eat and at 12 you go to Mass.


Why are you starting the countdown at 5 pm? Is there anything significant to that time that makes it a start-time?