Valentine's Day vs Ash Wednesday

Valentine's Day vs Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is the opening holiday for one of the island's most revered seasons, Lent. That is because, even during Lent, Sundays are never considered as fast days, but as days of celebration. "Our evening Ash Wednesday worship is usually lightly attended, but a year ago we had about 10 first time visitors who came because they had heard of Glitter+Ash".

Bosak said Hying suggests celebrating on a different day.

What many don't know, Riopelle said, is that the ashes are made from blessed palms distributed to the faithful during Palm Sunday the previous year. It's the Wednesday prior.

"Valentine's Day is always a busy day".

The two celebrations coinciding on February 14, 2018, has generated discussions by people on the propriety to celebrate Valentine's Day in the usual way or not.

Borgmeyer said observers of Ash Wednesday are permitted to have one main meal as well as two smaller meals that are not equal to the main meal. Though some may choose to abstain from all food, Borgmeyer said fasting can also include limiting the amount of food consumed. But Case can see how nonbelievers will enjoy the irony of Easter falling on April Fool's Day.

"Plan to go out on Thursday night if you want to go out for dinner". "They pick and choose the sacrifices they're going to make".

He added that lovers also will be able to save money skipping out on buying chocolates and wine this year if their significant other chooses to give up sugar and alcohol for lent.


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.

So, couples might be out on a dinner and church date on Wednesday with what looks like dirt on their faces.

"There are other options to celebrate Valentine's Day, whereas Ash Wednesday can not be moved", the bishop said in an interview Monday.

All you have to do is step back and remember the central theme of both holidays: love.

"I'm stoked that Ash Wednesday is on Valentine's Day because who better to go on a date with than Jesus am I right ladies?" one person asked on Twitter.

Christians observe Lent to re-dedicate themselves to their faith. Lent is love. Love is to serve rather than to be served.

"Lent is a time to renew our commitment to love the poor".

He's already started thinking about what he'll say during Easter service. Easter began as a celebration of the physical resurrection of Jesus, who had been crucified to pay for the sins of the world, not only performing the greatest miracle in history, but also proving that his death really had been effective in providing forgiveness for anyone who would repent and believe.

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