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As Valentine Day, Ash Wednesday celebrations hold same day: Lagosians react differently

11 February 2018, 03:22 | Regina Holmes

Having a Plan for Lent

Lent 2018 - Raise Up, Sacrifice and Offer

On Feb. 14, the Church will celebrate Ash Wednesday, ushering us into the holy season of Lent.

- Fasting. One of the ancient practices linked to Lent involves fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and abstaining from meat on Lenten Fridays. The beginning of the Great Fast (Lent) for Eastern Christians does not begin with Ash Wednesday, which is not observed, but two days earlier on what is called Pure or Clean Monday.

This was to make them, followers of Jesus Christ, to comply with what he did while on earth.

People who are Valentines Day aficionados will need to find a creative response to this confluence of dates.

Look here nuh, I don't want to sound like I'm preaching, but I'm thinking that maybe the signs of the time could be telling us that this year is the year to take a small break from things of the flesh and give God the Valentine's Day gift. To be sure, we all struggle with many challenges, but if we try to address all or even some of them together, we can become easily overwhelmed.

As an illustration, he spoke of a planned Ash Wednesday retreat by St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School in Coral Gables that will be held at the dioceses Dayspring conference center in Parrish.

"The celebration, however, carries a deeper message than the superficial celebration". Taking some time to plan provides the opportunity to pick up our cross and more closely follow Jesus who, in the midst of our Lent, draws so close to us that he can embrace us.

Obviously, we shouldn't limit our love for our beloved simply to Valentine's Day.

Contact St. Thomas' Church or the First Congregational Church of Bethel for more information about the Ashes to Go in Bethel. Lent lasts for 40 days to reflect on Jesus's torment during the 40 days he spent in the desert. Moreover, we commit to the disciplines of Lent. The effects of this season should be more than cosmetic or temporary.

For observant Catholics, the confluence of Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day may present a challenge.

Gonch said the restaurant just below Interstate 294 at 6600 W. 111th indeed known for its steak, but regular customers are well aware of the fish items on the menu and other meatless options. It can be very significant to the core capitalist.

Unlike Christmas, Easter and every Sunday of the year, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation. Nobody will die if they don't celebrate Valentine's.

As we enter the Lenten season, may this heart with a cross on it remind us of the good news that we have in Christ.

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

Ash Wednesday is a penitential holy day, a time we confess our sin and commit to turning away from wrongdoing and evil and turning back to God - quite a contrast to the cheerfulness of Valentine's Day, to be sure.

He said the RCCG fasting and prayer was still ongoing noting that showing love must not be restricted to a day celebration.

Love, and being prepared to be changed by it, and by God, is central to daily lives for Christians.

"Valentine's Day is usually a good day".

Ms Faith Okeke, an official with Wale Adenuga Production, said the coincidence of the two events, would not affect her from serving her God.

Several days leading up to Ash Wednesday, Hrydziuszko asks parishioners to bring in dried palms saved from the prior year's Palm Sunday.

She said Wednesday that the religious custom will likely cut into sales this year, but she wanted customers to be aware of the many meatless options available, including fresh, baked salmon, sea scallops, sautéed lake perch and fettuccini alfredo. "Ash Wednesday is a prominent day in people's minds", the Southwest Side priest said Wednesday.

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