Ashes on Valentine's Day? This is the year

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The idea behind a New Year's resolution is to make a permanent life change.

As the day before Lent, Shrove Tuesday is the ideal time to get rid of any last minute indulgences - and use up any fatty foods. Here's everything you need to know about Easter.

Gino's special Valentine's Day menu includes seafood and vegetarian appetizers, soups and entrees for those eliminating meat from their diet on Ash Wednesday. How will you celebrate Ash Wednesday? It symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus Christ's crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the Judaean Desert being tempted by Satan.

Other churches are a little bit more flexible when it comes to the double holiday. Unlike Christmas, its date constantly changes every year. It always falls between March 21 and April 25 depending on the year.

And although February 14 marks the day that Roman Catholics honor a third-century martyr, Archbishop Leonard P. Blair explained that Ash Wednesday takes precedence because it is an obligatory day of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.

It is a day of fasting and abstinence.

It lasts for 40 days until Easter, but this is without Sundays being included in the amount (if there were counted it would be 46 days).

On Ash Wednesday, people over the globe give up certain foods or habits to improve their health or demonstrate self-restraint.

We begin the season of Lent with the same Scripture readings each year, in which Jesus teaches about almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.

More will hold an ashes service at 6:30, with Masses Wednesday at 9 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

This year Ash Wednesday is on February 14, coinciding with the most romantic day of the year - Valentine's Day. The excitement is less focused on the conversations I have with others and more so on the conversation I have with myself - 'What am I going to give up this year? If a full moon falls on a Sunday, then Easter is delayed by a week to ensure that it still occurs after the Jewish holiday of Passover.

They are called to observe this season of Lent with self-examination and repentance, by prayer, reflection, abstemiousness and reading their Bible. Lent is a 40-day period of fasting, self-denial and self-inspection, created to help Christians to prepare their hearts for the celebration of Easter Sunday. Self denial is a common practice observed by many Christians which is one part of Christian faith.

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