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Valentine's Day Meets Ash Wednesday

Lent is the period of forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter.

But, it all depends on how people recognize the holy day and how seriously they take what Case dubs a "Hallmark holiday". 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.

But more will only observe this practice on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday (the day at the end of Lent which marks Jesus's crucifixion, which is a day of mourning).

On Valentine's Day we give gifts to those we care about.

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.

"Every Sunday we will have worship at 10:30 the chapel", she said.

So, couples might be out on a dinner and church date on Wednesday with what looks like dirt on their faces. In view of the significance of Ash Wednesday, the obligations of fast and abstinence are naturally the priority in the Catholic community. Lent is the 40 days, (excluding Sundays), before Easter.

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Ash Wednesday is a holy day in the liturgical calendar.

Just so you know, the 1st of April 2018, popularly known as April Fools Day, will also be Easter Sunday. This is treated as a period of reflection and a time for fasting from food and festivities. The symbol of ashes, usually marked in the shape of a cross, reminds us of the depth of our sin and the love of God shown through Christ's atonement.

As priests place ashes on worshipers' foreheads at Mass, Brown said, they say: "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return".

"Ash Wednesday has precedence, and the coincidence of St. Valentine's Day would not lift for us the duty of fasting and self-denial", Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York City wrote on his blog.

- As part of fasting through Lent, Catholics will not eat meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays throughout Lent, in accordance with the Code of Canon Law.

During Lent, many people decide to give something up that they love - perhaps chocolate or biscuits. What am I going to gain by doing so?' This year I've chose to give up more of my time.

During the season of Lent, the Student Catholic Association will have other religious opportunities for students.

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