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Will Ash Wednesday spoil Valentine's Day 2018? When fasting and feasting clash

Will Ash Wednesday spoil Valentine's Day 2018? When fasting and feasting clash

"There's so much about modern life that prevents spending quality time together".

For many, Valentine's Day, often means a fancy dinner, decadent chocolates, flowers, and possibly some alcohol. The legend is that he uses his arrow to strike the hearts of people causing them to fall in love. He said, "For those Christians who observe Ash Wednesday, my recommendation is to keep the traditional disciplines of fasting and abstinence".

The Diakonia Council of Churches will present its annual ecumenical Good Friday service on Friday, March 30, starting at the Durban Exhibition Centre at 5 am before proceeding - in silence - through the streets of the city, to the Durban City Hall.

"You can come get your ashes anytime", Nakamura-Rengers said.

The parish will hold Holy Eucharist and ashes at the church (1864 Post Rd, Darien) at 7, 9:30 a.m., noon, 5 p.m.

"Ash Wednesday is an important day to Catholics because it marks the beginning of the six-week penitential celebration leading up to Easter", Kerr said.

Orthodox Christians fast before and throughout the Lenten period in a strict fashion.

"Lent season requires Christians to make a lot of sacrifices through fasting and doing good to others, especially for old and other needy people".

"It's 40 days of intentional prayer and being in a relationship with God", Nakamura-Rengers said.

For the first time since 1945, the mostly secular holiday when affairs of the heart are often celebrated with indulgent dinners and boxes of candies clashes with the wholly sacred start of the Lenten season, a day of required fasting and abstinence for the faithful.

The central message is from Genesis, a reminder of human mortality and dependence on God.

Why ashes? The cross of ashes reminds us of the Baptismal cross on our forehead. "That applies to anybody".

Jim Peich, the church's pastor of faith formation, said this on-the-go approach to Ash Wednesday is a simple way to meet people where they are. "Christ is alive and we'll be raised from the dead with him".

For the first time in 73 years, Ash Wednesday coincided with Valentine's Day today. If you dedicate a part evening after office to them, you can still have a great Valentine's Day. "Christians from any denomination or tradition are welcome to receive ashes". Claudius was having difficulty getting men to enlist in his army and attributed it to men being reluctant to leave their wives and families.


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