Norfolk church holding drive-thru Ash Wednesday service

Norfolk church holding drive-thru Ash Wednesday service

Norfolk church holding drive-thru Ash Wednesday service

In a recent writing, May said he offered a suggestion for how congregations and people can mark the two holidays together.

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The next time Valentine's Day and Ash Wednesday share the same day will be in six years.

Today, February 14, marks the start of Lent.

The date varies from year to year, starting in either late February or early March.

This event is observed in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic Churches.

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. The inspiration for Lent is the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert (Matthew 4).

There's no easy answer to this. In the Western church (as opposed to the Eastern Orthodox church which celebrates on a different date) Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.

Which days are excluded from Lent? Many people give up certain foods and activities in observance of Lent and this is especially done on Ash Wednesday.

Lent is traditionally marked with fasting, abstinence and prayer.

It is also used because it is the colour of royalty - and the end of Lent celebrates Jesus's resurrection and power.

Boxes of chocolates and flowers are reportedly among the most common gifts exchanged besides the billion cards.

Some households may give up meat, eggs and dairy products. Lenten customs and traditions vary by denomination but many Christians use the time to intentionally increase time in prayer and meditation to help them grow as Christians.

"I kind of lightheartedly told my folks to take your beloved to dinner on Monday and then come to our Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Tuesday", Barnes said.

The name comes from the word "shrive", meaning absolution for sins by doing penance. Christians avoid eating meat during Lent .

In Tura, priests at the Sacred Heart shrine in Chandmari, the Cathedral church at RC road, St. Mary's church in Araimile, St. Luke church at Dakopgre and the Montfort church blessed hundreds of worshippers during morning and evening service on Ash Wednesday.

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