Take your sweetheart to Ash Wednesday service

Lent 2018 - Raise Up, Sacrifice and Offer

Lent 2018 - Raise Up, Sacrifice and Offer

Richard Collins and his wife, Beth, who are Catholic, celebrated Valentine's Day Friday night with a "sweetheart" dinner/dance at the Red Barn, an event arranged by St. Patrick and St. Margaret Mary churches.

In summing up the objective of Lent, she referred to the Collect that is part of the Mass on Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday: giving up something. Many Catholics also avoid eating meat on Fridays during this season that concludes Easter Sunday.

For Jordan Light, a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, this time of year always is problematic without the added issue of Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day falling on the same day.

In recent years and with the advent of eateries, youths always invite their spouses to eateries, cinemas and other recreational centers to celebrate the day. "God is a God of love and thats where they would coincide". Sweet, straightforward Rose Harrigan, the circulation manager, who answered the phone, offered this advice: "Go to church, don't eat meat and abstain".

He said that it was a reminder that he needed to keep his mind focused on the ultimate goal of making heaven.

"The celebration, however, carries a deeper message than the superficial celebration". This is the time when we show our love and appreciation for Jesus who suffered for us. The season expresses its penitential character in the imposition of ashes on our foreheads that reminds us of our mortality and the invitation to repentance by turning away from our sin and coming back to God with all our hearts. "In the end, you have to accept people where they're at, as Jesus did, and pray that a seed has been planted that can be nourished and bring them to a life of participation in the church".

She said that most of the youths would rather hang out with their friends at the cinemas to watch romantic movies. "I embrace the opportunity to think about things I don't normally think about".

" Most Pentecostal churches have their own season of fasting and personal intercession with God". Valentine's Day: that dinner? Meat on the menu. It can be very significant to the core capitalist.

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"Foods to be consumed by Christians will reduce and of course alcohol sales will practically be at zero level, " Ogebule said.

Ashes as a sign of penitence, were accepted by Christians and are used now primarily as a sacramental on Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent.

Valentine's Day is a day when couples should express their love and affection for one another by exchanging gifts.

The Greco-Christian word Agape is identified as the self-sacrificing love God has for all humanity.

The discussion on what is expected of Christians who observe Ash Wednesday has gained momentum as the day edges closer. "Due to the importance of Ash Wednesday in the Church, the Archdiocese is not granting dispensations from fasting or abstaining from meat on February 14", the archdiocese said in a tweet. During these 40 days, we unite our hearts with Christ in His passion, death and resurrection by renewing our baptismal promises. "It is holy and sacred", she said.

"There's a definite connection, Ash Wednesday and "vaLENTines" day".

And the bishop of Allentown, the Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert, said the diocese "didn't feel that it was appropriate to lift the rule" of fasting and abstinence for local Catholics on Valentine's Day.

"Since it is the beginning of the season of Lent, l can still catch up, just let me enjoy myself before the season thickens".

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