Lent Season versus Valentine Day

Ash Wednesday starts Lent, the preparation for Easter

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She said Valentine's Day doesn't hold the same significance in the church as Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, one of the holiest times of the year in the Catholic Church. "Ash Wednesday is very particular".

Feasting and celebrating is seen as inappropriate.

Ash Wednesday is a popular day in the Catholic Church's liturgical calendar that draws large numbers of the faithful to area churches, said Judy Riopelle, director of faith formation at St. Francis Church. Catholics around the country are being advised to celebrate Valentine's Day some other time.

Valentine's Day was named for Saint Valentine, a righteous man who was brutally martyred for performing marriages for those who were forbidden to marry, and for ministering to Christians who were persecuted under the Roman Empire.

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Therefore, Ash Wednesday is not a day of despair.

The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday and for 2018, the date is Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

"People have expressed much gratitude for us being on the streets, including a exhausted working mother who would not be able to go to church due to her work schedule", Fetz said.

Degiandira Escobedo, a senior accounting major at Texas Woman's University in Denton, likes how Wesleyan is having service for students and thinks it would be a good idea for Texas Woman's to do the same and hold an Ash Wednesday service on campus.

Able-bodied Catholics are supposed to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by not eating meat and by limiting themselves to one main meal and two small meals.

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The members of Jeannette Assembly of God began the year with a fasting period similar to Lent, the Rev. Thomas Kroll said.

"The Lenten season is a period of fasting and Christians are encouraged to intensify prayers, abstain from their sins and give alms".

"You can certainly do both", Bishop said. In another quirk this year, Easter also happens to share the date - April 1 - with April Fools' Day. "Even if our failures and faults dirtied our souls, with the retracing of the cross on our foreheads, Jesus reminds us we can rebuild our lives, be reconciled with the Father, and be redeemed by Jesus Himself", Santos said.

But Father John Comiskey of the Diocese of London said people can still indulge in chocolates and champagne while respectfully marking the start of Lent - just not on the same day.

"Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup are an excellent Valentine's Day dinner", Borgmeyer said with a laugh. If you dedicate a part evening after office to them, you can still have a great Valentine's Day.

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