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Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Romantic Phrases For the Ash Wednesday-Valentine's Day Mash-Up

Romantic Phrases For the Ash Wednesday-Valentine's Day Mash-Up

Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo pointed out that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday were the only two days of the whole year that required fasting and abstinence, per The New York Times. You can jolly well guess which side most young people will take.

The history of Valentine's Day-and the story of its patron saint-is somewhat unclear and the stories are varied.

Ash Wednesday is observed by many Western Christian religions, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians, but it is especially significant for Roman Catholics, who see it as a day of fasting and prayer. "But we are not giving a dispensation that day".

Jesus spent 40 days in prayer and fasting to prepare for his role as the savior, according to the Bible's Book of Matthew, Chapter 4, verses 4-11. "We're always busy", said Jim Gerodemos, owner of Gino's Steakhouse, which has locations in Merrillville and Dyer.

Watson explained that in the Christian religion, Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent.

"The food we do not eat or the meat we abstain from must be given to those who practically fast everyday due to extreme poverty, enduring inhuman hunger".

Lent ends with Holy Week, which leads to Easter Sunday - the most important day in the Christian calendar.

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.

However Christians only fast for 40 days, as the six Sundays leading up to Easter Sunday are not included.

The ashes, a symbol of penance, which are often placed on a worshipper's forehead in the shape of a cross, are a solemn reminder that, "you are dust, and to dust you shall return". Lent season requires Christians to make a lot of sacrifices through fasting and doing good to others, especially for old and other needy people.

On Ash Wednesday, Warne stands out on Ellsworth Road offering ashes-to-go for commuters.

For the second consecutive year, archdiocesan leaders are encouraging Catholics to go without their cellphones on Fridays this Lent. "Even if our failures and faults dirtied our souls, with the retracing of the cross on our foreheads, Jesus reminds us we can rebuild our lives, be reconciled with the Father, and be redeemed by Jesus Himself", he added. What am I going to gain by doing so?' This year I've made a decision to give up more of my time.

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