Fasting or champagne? Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday in singular confluence

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BOSTON (Reuters) – Chocolates and champagne or remains and fasting?

That’s a doubt many Christians will face on Wednesday, when Valentine’s Day and a Ash Wednesday holiday imprinting a start of Lent tumble on a same day for a initial time given World War Two.

“Can’t wait for Wednesday. I‘m going to tell everyone: ‘You are desired and we are going to die,’” Christopher James, a highbrow during a Presbyterian University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, pronounced on Twitter.

Christian denominations call on their members to make several sacrifices during a 40-day Lenten deteriorate that leads adult to Easter Sunday, including fasting from food, reflecting and carrying out additional acts of charity.

Heavily Irish-American Roman Catholic dioceses in a United States mostly make an difference when St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Lenten Friday, permitting for a normal corned beef and cabbage on a day when church members would routinely be asked to equivocate meat.

But church leaders around a nation pronounced no such difference would be stirring when Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day overlie for a initial time given 1945.

“Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are a usually dual days of a whole year on that fasting and avoidance are required,” Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York, told church members in a video posted online Friday. “Those who are accustomed to celebrating Valentine’s Day competence do so a day before. Join it adult with Mardis Gras.”

Christians will face a identical holiday overlie again in a few weeks’ time, when Apr Fool’s Day and Easter both tumble on Apr 1.

Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Andrew Hay

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