Ash Wednesday: Choosing Christ as your valentine

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The Lenten Season always officially begins with Ash Wednesday, which happens to fall on Valentine's Day this year. The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, where people are called to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. The ashes are christened with holy water and symbolize penance and contrition. But he also loves his wife and wants to do something special on Valentine's Day. This prompted "zealous pastors" to substitute ladies' names with those of the saints or short sermons.

In the Catholic faith, God often uses how humans perceive the physical world to impart something spiritual.

Valentine's Day usually offers a welcome boost during the otherwise quiet period.

NAN reports that on Ash Wednesday, Christians are expected to receive Ash on their foreheads, fast by not eating foods and refrain from some social activities. Many local churches will be holding services at various times during Ash Wednesday.

"This year Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine's Day (February 14), a largely secular celebration, particularly in the United States". The one originally celebrated is named St. Valentine (Valentinus) of Rome, a priest who was arrested for marrying Christian couples and aiding Christians being persecuted. Ashes are used in two ways in the consecration of a church; they are sprinkled on the floor in the form of a cross and mixed with the Gregorian water sprinkled on the altar in the church during the ceremony. They're free of charge. and come with a Valentine's card too.

Michael Sis, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of San Angelo, which includes Abilene churches, offers some spiritual and practical advice. He said he told them that an exemption wouldn't be forthcoming.

Stansberry said some people have indicated they will have their Valentine's dinner with meat included on either the Tuesday before or the Thursday after. And every Friday through Easter since we're not supposed to eat meat on Lenten Fridays. You simply did not realise the self-giving, self-purifying component which authentic Valentine celebrations should bring. I might have what I used to call a "spa day".

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Gonch said the restaurant just below Interstate 294 at 6600 W. 111th St.is indeed known for its steak, but regular customers are well aware of the fish items on the menu and other meatless options. Valentine's day on a Wednesday night isn't a typical "date night".

While Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation, attendance at Mass or other services that day for distribution of ashes continues to be popular.

He also says St. Francis is trying to be more inclusive, so they've hung flags to represent the different places where members of the parish were born. "We are not here to stay", said Sister Esther Mary. The 40 days is for almsgiving and the re-examination of one's life; it's the time to look at the nothingness of man.

Wolf said during Ash Wednesday and Lent, Christians are focused on the penitential season of preparing their hearts and lives for the truth of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection. You can celebrate your love of another any day you like.

The liturgical cycle invites you not to just read the Scriptures, but to live them.

"I'm not one to give relationship advice, but it seems to me that being creative with their time might be the greatest invitation to recognize and celebrate the quality of the relationship they already have". There is love between friends, siblings, parent and child, a mentor and mentee, teacher and student and also a love for our God.

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