Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Southfield church will once again offer drive thru ashes on Ash Wednesday

Several local churches offer “drive-thru” ashes Valentine's Day Meets Ash Wednesday
Ivan Hill | 14 February, 2018, 18:05

"You are God and I am a sinful human being, '" Smith said.

"Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting", Lorna Charles, spokesperson for the Diakonia council of churches' Good Friday Service, said.

The ashes represent two Biblical themes. If you are Catholic, as so many in south Louisiana are, and you believe in observing Ash Wednesday, and you have a significant other, you might be caught in a bit of a quandary. Lent precedes Easter Sunday, which falls on April 1 this year. Fasting and prayer is an important aspect of Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season.

Romance and religion merge on this Valentine's Day, creating a dilemma for the area's amorous Roman Catholics and other Christians, and the restaurants that cater to them. They are looking forward to the day of hearts.

I say overall if you are with the person you love on Valentine's Day, it is a win. Historically, ashes were used to express grief.

"It's not like nobody will go out to dinner", he said. It is a day when many flock to their local parishes to receive ashes on their forehead. "Its spiritual importance is evidenced by the large number of faithful choosing to attend Mass on this day".

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The two would seem to be on opposite sides of the emotional fence, with Ash Wednesday being the first day of Lent, the almost six-week period before Easter, when Christians cleanse themselves through prayer and abstinence. 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. In the Old Testament, ashes symbolized repentance.

This April, millions of Christians all around the world will celebrate Easter, the holiest day in Christianity. It is common practice of Jesus' life of self denial.

"All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return", Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:20.

Foods such as butter, eggs and sugar form the pancakes that millions now enjoy on this day ever year. Mix it with Shrove Tuesday, that Eve-of-Lent bacchanalia meant to be a last blast before the fasting begins. In a video refereced by The New York Times, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo tells his parishioners, "Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only two days of the whole year on which fasting and abstinence are required..."

The symbol of Valentine's Day in the United States is often Cupid, a small, chubby winged figure with a bow and arrow.

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