Ash Wednesday: Choosing Christ as your valentine


"Valentine is for one day and afterwards many who mark it beat up their spouses".

They said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) when they were informed that this year's Valentine Day and Ash Wednesday both fall on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent for Roman Catholics. Some would have Ash Wednesday shifted so that Valentine celebration can hold unrestricted.

Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, or the 40 days leading up to Easter. Love is always a good thing to celebrate!

First, prayer. If God is truly first in our lives, we will want to commit to making the loving dialogue with God our foremost priority.

"The celebration, however, carries a deeper message than the superficial celebration". Flowing out of the identity that we have as God's dearly loved children, these practices serve as training exercises that strengthen faith, build up self-control, and support our neighbor.

Next week, many Christians will gather to observe Ash Wednesday. All these people, whose commitment puts their entire life at risk, certainly deserve a place on the list of our Valentine celebrities.

She said that most of the youths would rather hang out with their friends at the cinemas to watch romantic movies.

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In this Lenten season, amidst a world that is increasingly endangered by climate change, I implore my fellow Christians to think of giving up something in their lives that is harmful to the planet we call home.

He is the author of Plan of Life: Habits to Help You Grow Closer to God (Pauline). The effects of this season should be more than cosmetic or temporary. The St. Patrick dispensation to allow the eating of meat on Friday has been granted in the past, but a dispensation on Ash Wednesday for Valentine's Day will not occur, according to the Schlert.

Father Stephen Njure of Eldoret diocese says the clash of dates should not deter lovers from showing each other affection. It can be very significant to the core capitalist. You can know the day that Lent will be for the 2050; they have all been calculated and kept.

At the end of the movie "The Thirteenth Warrior" (not one for the kiddies, by the way), the (illiterate) dying hero states: "I die a pauper". In the Lutheran Church, we maintain that these Lenten disciplines are matters of Christian freedom; they are meant to be opportunities for the spiritual growth, not occasions for guilt.

"Foods to be consumed by Christians will reduce and of course alcohol sales will practically be at zero level, " Ogebule said. Valentine's Day is just around the corner.

So, yeah, there's credence to the complaint that V-Day is just a crass commercialization of love. The true spirit of Christianity is about self-giving and love. "Valentine's Day can appropriately be celebrated on another day, such as Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which happens to be Mardi Gras, a time of celebration prior to the Lenten journey".

Ash Wednesday is the one day of the year that you can make it a lot easier for them to find you.

The study found that in comparison to the 15 percent of Generation Xers (mid-30s to early 50s) and 17 percent of millennials (late teens to mid-30s) who attend Mass weekly, 40 percent of Gen Xers and 50 percent of millennials attend Ash Wednesday services, "with equally impressive numbers for other Lenten practices such as fasting, abstaining and almsgiving", the report stated. "It is holy and sacred", she said. By stepping forward to receive them, whether we are clergy, religious or lay faithful, young or old, we accept the commitment to embrace the whole of this season of grace and renewal as deeply as we can.