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History of the holiday: Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday

History of the holiday: Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday

Catholics observe Ash Wednesday by fasting, abstaining from meat and repenting.

Gerodemos said said couples will celebrate the day the weekend before, as well as on Valentine's Day itself.

Receiving ashes on Ash Wednesday marks the traditional start of Lent, and is observed by many many faiths including Roman Catholics, as well as Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and some Baptists. "Let us fill Valentine's Day with the Lenten spirit", said Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas in a Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News post.

Ash Wednesday is an obligatory day of prayer, charity, fasting, and abstinence for Catholics.

"We had to pretty much double up on our purchasing", Coleman said.

Ash Wednesday begins the 40-day period of Lent for Christians, including the Holy Week observance of Christ's Passion. Since then many Episcopal churches across the country have joined in to offer Ashes to Go, particularly at key commuter lines.

Lent culminates during Holy Week, which celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus on Easter on April 1. "It's a day when we call to mind God's love for us and whether that's on a date or whether that's the person that we love, what matters is the love that we have for each other reflects God's love for us".

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Another food commonly eaten during Lent is empanadas de vigilia.

Ash Wednesday is characterized by placing ashes on the forehead, with the minister reminding the congregant that "you are dust and to dust you shall return".

Catholics ages 14 and above are required to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday as well as on all the Fridays of Lent.

Oubre has been coordinator for one month so this is his first time setting up the Ash Wednesday event at this college.

During the season of Lent, the Student Catholic Association will have other religious opportunities for students. This odd connection causes some problems for Roman Catholics and other Christians who celebrate Lent as a fast in the lead-up to Easter, but it also provides an incentive for holiday mash-up phrases.

Many people decide to give up something that they enjoy for Lent. What am I going to gain by doing so?' This year I've chose to give up more of my time.


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