Ash Wednesday: Christians exhorted to be prayerful

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But church leaders around the country said no such exception would be forthcoming when Ash Wednesday and Valentine's Day overlap for the first time since 1945.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting.

But, "not to worry", as both could still be celebrated with some preplanning.

Standing on Main Street with the temperature in the low 30s, Feltz said "We are here today because some people can not make it to church".

Those who are 14 years old and above are also required to abstain from meat and on all Fridays for the duration of the Lenten Season. "It's not the kind of day when we would give a dispensation". The council challenges each of its members to donate a non-perishable food item for each of Lent's 40 days, leading to Easter Sunday on April 1st.

- Lent is a period of self-reflection. Priest marks the forehead of the churchgoers with ash in the shape of a cross as he says "Remember, you are dust, and unto dust you shall return".

"Ugandans should know that the Lenten season is beginning today. Even if our failures and faults dirtied our souls, with the retracing of the cross on our foreheads, Jesus reminds us we can rebuild our lives, be reconciled with the Father, and be redeemed by Jesus Himself", he added.

"It's important we provide this religious passage for students and faculty who won't have the time to participate with their families at the church they are a part of", Oubre said.

"It's what brought us together". "Those who are accustomed to celebrating Valentine's Day might do so the day before". What am I going to gain by doing so?' This year I've made a decision to give up more of my time. The early service mostly draws those on their way to work, giving them an opportunity "to wear their ashes all day, as proof that they believe, an outward sign that they have faith and want to show that faith to others", Riopelle said.

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

Allison Thalken will celebrate Valentine's Day over the weekend, as her boyfriend, Will Stickney, attends college in Wyoming.

Lucy Ferrindino of Brooklyn said, "A little sacrifice never hurt anyone", and shared that she would be enjoying some lobster on Valentine's Day while opting to skip the chocolate.

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