Local churches prepare for Lent

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Do something special with your spouse on Valentine's Day and then continue to show your appreciation and love throughout the 40 days of Lent.

This was to make them, followers of Jesus Christ, to comply with what he did while on earth. Its date is set by Easter, and Easter's date is set as the first Sunday after the first full moon of the vernal equinox. So, maybe it is not so odd for Ash Wednesday to fall on a day culture would have us think about love. This made them miss the most precious gifts of love, dignity, and freedom.

As an illustration, he spoke of a planned Ash Wednesday retreat by St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School in Coral Gables that will be held at the dioceses Dayspring conference center in Parrish.

He said that it was a reminder that he needed to keep his mind focused on the ultimate goal of making heaven.

"I can remind that them that we're sinners, but because of the sign and the symbol, we are redeemed and loved by the true lover of our souls", he said.

This Lent have a lovely time and by the time we reach Easter I pray that your life has been transformed. 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.

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What's most important to Downs on Ash Wednesday is for people to attend church services and hear "the message of the Lenten season and the call to repentance".

The first day of Lent - to many a day of fasting and abstinence from meat - is paired with a day of chocolates, rich dinners and romance. It is, she says, "a very striking [practice] for those who are not necessarily comfortable talking about faith..." Therefore, I call the day secular. "Our acts of self-sacrifice during Lent are a way of saying that God is our greatest treasure, and none of the pleasures of this world can satisfy our deep hunger for union with God".

" Most Pentecostal churches have their own season of fasting and personal intercession with God".

For observant Catholics, the confluence of Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day may present a challenge.

Two other upcoming holidays will make an interesting mix when the Christian holiday of Easter falls on the same date as the frivolous celebration of April Fool's Day on April 1.

Enberg, who died in December at 82, was famous for using that expression whenever a spectacular or freaky play occurred.

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Please join us this Lenten Season as we gather together around the series, "Return from Exile, a Lenten Journey".

"Foods to be consumed by Christians will reduce and of course alcohol sales will practically be at zero level, " Ogebule said.

This year really puts the "lent" in Valentine's Day. Even in the best of times, who doesn't remember a day when they felt like dust, where even the slightest breath could blow them away.

"Last year, we were as full as Christmas during our two Ash Wednesday services, so this year, we added another one at 6:30 a.m.", Copeland said. "Due to the importance of Ash Wednesday in the Church, the Archdiocese is not granting dispensations from fasting or abstaining from meat on February 14", the archdiocese said in a tweet. "It is holy and sacred", she said. "Our patronal feast may take the place of a normal Sunday Mass outside of Lent, but not on Ash Wednesday".

Several priests in the Oklahoma City archdiocese said they are aware of the intriguing Ash Wednesday-Valentine's Day mash-up.

"Since it is the beginning of the season of Lent, l can still catch up, just let me enjoy myself before the season thickens".

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