Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Norfolk church holding drive-thru Ash Wednesday service

Norfolk church holding drive-thru Ash Wednesday service

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The Rev. Frank Kurucz expects St. Cajetan Church in Chicago's Morgan Park neighborhood to again fill with parishioners on Ash Wednesday.

In tradition, many Christians begin their 40-day journey by coming to church on Ash Wednesday for a service of penitence.

Historical Christ Church will be at King Street Metro from 6:30-9:30 a.m. For many Ash Wednesday is of more importance compared to celebrating a single day of love. It's the Wednesday prior.

During the season of Lent, the Student Catholic Association will have other religious opportunities for students. Immediately following his baptism, Jesus went to the desert and prayed and fasted for 40 days.

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Blair noted that Catholics may wish to celebrate Valentine's Day the day or evening before, on Feb 13. Christians avoid eating meat during Lent .

In the Bible's New Testament, while Jesus was there, Satan tempted him to turn away from God and worship him instead, but Jesus refused to, which is why people might give something up, in order to test their own self-discipline too.

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.

So, couples might be out on a dinner and church date on Wednesday with what looks like dirt on their faces.

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"Traditionally, in the Old Testament, people would receive ashes when they were grieving or in repentance", Watson said.

On Ash Wednesday, many have ashes applied to their foreheads as the words "Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" are said. But, also, perhaps Valentine's Day this year can be a reminder of how much God loves us.

Warne told his Episcopalian parish that they don't have to beat themselves up during Lent. "We also love to collaborate on events with organizations of different faiths, so if anyone is interested in doing an event, they can definitely email me". We often share with family and friends what we are "giving up" for the next forty days to give ourselves more time and clarity for God.

He's already started thinking about what he'll say during Easter service.

FOR THE CITIZENS' VOICE Monsignor John Bendik applies ashes to a woman's forehead during the afternoon Ash Wednesday Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston a year ago.

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