This year, Valentine's Day coincides with Ash Wednesday. But you'll see people wearing them Wednesday. So, then, perhaps it's too bad Vancouver's new Golden Corral opens on Valentine's Day, which is always February 14, and not today, Fat Tuesday.
"Ash Wednesday is an important day to Catholics because it marks the beginning of the six-week penitential celebration leading up to Easter", Kerr said. "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.
However, the young Christians are in dilemma, whether to fall for the temptation of Valentine Day or go for fasting and repentance.
"In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday the obligation of fast and abstinence must naturally be the priority in the Catholic community", said a statement from the Archdiocese of Chicago, which urged the faithful to celebrate Valentine's Day on Tuesday instead. "In many religions. not just for Catholics. fasting is a form of spiritual exercise that's meant for our spiritual good".
Ash Wednesday is observed by Catholics, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and some other Christian groups.
- Lent is a period of self-reflection.
"This Ash Wednesday is very important into your lives, you also know what's the country is now going through, this calls for even more prayers and asking God's intervention", he noted. Priest marks the forehead of the churchgoers with ash in the shape of a cross as he says "Remember, you are dust, and unto dust you shall return".
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend isn't making any exceptions for Ash Wednesday, and he's not aware of any other U.S. Catholic bishops doing so, said Stephanie Patka, of the diocese's secretariat for communications.
For many Christians, Lent is a period of prayer, fasting, and alms giving in preparation for Easter.
What do people give up for Lent?
Oubre has been coordinator for one month so this is his first time setting up the Ash Wednesday event at this college.
Most believers tend to give up something until Lent ends to "purify" their bodies.