Febrero 19, 2018

Ash Wednesday: Christians begin the Lenten journey toward Easter

14 Febrero 2018, 06:35 | Gervasio Siguenza

A carnival paarde even took place in the Petržalka borough of Bratislava February 12

A carnival paarde even took place in the Petržalka borough of Bratislava February 12

The last time these day's fell on the same day was 1945-73 years ago!

Osu described the Ash Wednesday as one of the most important holy days in the Catholic Church's calendar year. The drive thru is accessible from 12 Mile Road, and motorists can enter from one of two driveways, receive their ashes, and then exit back on to 12 Mile Road.

During Lent, Western Christians begin preparing - through penance, reflection and fasting - for the coming of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.

Beyond Wednesday, Masse's is prepared for the next six Fridays as Christians consume seafood per a thousand year old tradition.

This is the first time the church has held "Ash and Dash". Here's another: Easter will fall on April Fool's Day.

"Since Valentine's Day is on a Wednesday, we'll get people celebrating the weekend before, as well as Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday", said Christopher Strom, head bartender at Lucrezia's Cafe and Catering in Chesterton.

Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma will preside over a private Mass at the chapel of his residence to mark the start of the Catholic Church's most somber and solemn season.

The date varies from year to year, starting in either late February or early March. "Abstinence also means to not eat meat on those days".

The irony of excess and self-denial seem to collide on Ash Wednesday.

Whatever you decide to do, it will be good practice for the future: Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day will share the same date again in 2024 and 2029, the CARA blog said. It is so much bigger and better than just another broken New Year's resolution. A day of prayer and fasting, it marks the onset of the holiest weekend in Christianity.

Certain days are excluded from Lent and many Christian denominations observe the period in different ways, reports The Mirror.

Today, Lent is marked for a time of prayer and preparation as Christians examine their hearts and think about their behavior and their relationships with one another and with God.

The other day Catholics are asked to fast is on Good Friday, while they're asked to abstain from eating meat every Friday during Lent. Easter baskets with gifts in them, purportedly left by the Easter Bunny, are often left outside of children's bedrooms the night before Easter.

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