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You missed it all along

You missed it all along

The season of Lent, the weeks where Christians fast and give up worldly pleasures ahead of Easter, begins on Valentine's Day.

It would be "a missed opportunity" not to acknowledge that the two days coincide this year, said the Rev. Adrienne Hymes, chaplain and director at St. Anselms Episcopal Chapel Center at the University of South Florida. The ashes are made by burning palm branches blessed in the previous year's Palm Sunday celebration, and are meant to symbolize mourning and penance for one's sinfulness and mortality. Ash Wednesday, a day of worship, prayer and reflection, marks the first day of Lent. Of course, we celibates don't have much investment in the 14th of February, so it's not a big deal for us.

It's very easy, amid the hustle and bustle of life, to allow Lent to sneak up on us.

It's a personal decision that everyone must make on their own, said several local religious figures. Hence, Easter is always celebrated around that time of the year. This is the time when we try to be like him.

May all of us, use well this time of grace to renew our hearts and our love for God and prepare well for the great celebration of Easter. Yes, we are mortal, and so death awaits us all.

The first comes from the saying "remember you are dust and to dust you shall return", a passage underscoring life is temporary and should be lived correctly, Fuller said.

You might invite a neighbor to coffee and ask them why they haven't been going to church or invite a friend to attend Bible study. "For Lent, think Lindt: If your going to give up chocolate, give up the best".

The Rev. Erick Ashley has something romantic planned, but it is four days before Valentine's Day this year.

The crucifixion and death of Jesus, on the other hand, is observed on a Good Friday, which falls on March 30 this year. By offering our time, effort and financial assistance to the poor, lonely and forgotten, we show our love for the Lord, who reminded us that he is especially present in those who struggle. Support and contribute to efforts to improve or better the lives of people living in poverty locally and overseas through: * Operation Rice Bowl - an opportunity to pray with our families and faith communities, to fast in solidarity with the hungry, to learn about our global community and the challenges of poverty, to give sacrificial contributions to the needy. And on Good Friday, we fast again.

However, Gainer also suggested that couples looking to celebrate Valentine's Day were welcome to do so earlier in the week, and proposed Fat Tuesday as a suitable replacement for a celebratory event.

So, how do you offer a Valentine to God?

"You look stunning in that red dress tonight, dear, and the burnt charcoal on your forehead both complements your skin tone and reminds me of my unavoidable demise". Do something for someone out of the ordinary.

Lent can be a fitting time to participate in some form of sacrifice. "Those are Valentine's to God for sure". If you have someone to mark the day with, presumably you have said someone to mark any day with the same way.

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