Fasting or champagne? Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday in rare confluence

Fasting or champagne? Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday in rare confluence

Fasting or champagne? Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday in rare confluence

Financial aid adviser Madeline Lester prays during the Ash Wednesday service February 2010 in the craft room of Loftin. They do not have to be kept for the duration of Ash Wednesday.

Millions of Christians across the world will be confused whether to celebrate Valentine's Day 2018 or not. Why?

It is the 46-day period before Easter begins, and is observed by many Western Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Roman Catholics, and more. "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. The Catholic Church and a few other Christian denominations observe the occasion in fasting, abstinence, and prayer.

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

His advice to Catholics for this Valentine's Day Ash Wednesday: send cards or flowers; maybe indulge in one piece of candy; and avoid meat. "In many religions. not just for Catholics. fasting is a form of spiritual exercise that's meant for our spiritual good".

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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.

"The Lenten season is a period of fasting and Christians are encouraged to intensify prayers, abstain from their sins and give alms". It is a time of preparation for the celebration and remembrance of Jesus Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

This college's Catholic Student Association will host an Ash Wednesday mass at 1 p.m. February 14 in the craft room of Loftin Student Center. The idea was that you would sacrifice the time and the energy that went into finding, preparing, eating and cleaning up food, and instead you would use that time to talk to God.

For some, Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting - which doesn't really jive with the lavish dinner dates and chocolates associated with Valentine's Day. As the priest applies the ashes to a person's forehead, he speaks the words: "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return".

What do people give up 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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