Lent is for Lovers? Valentine's Day, Ash Wednesday fall on same day for first time since 1945

WCPOPublished: February 13, 2018
Published: February 13, 2018

For Greater Cincinnati's Christians, Wednesday might come with a conundrum: Feast, or fast? If you're not single, Valentine's Day often means a fancy dinner, decadent chocolates, flowers, and possibly some alcohol.  But for the first time since 1945, the holiday falls on the same day as Ash Wednesday, when Christians are supposed to spend the day fasting. According to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the two holidays need not be contradictory. The Rev. Gabriel Torretta says both are about love: Valentine's Day celebrates human love, while the Christian season of Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, is a time recognizing Jesus Christ's love for humanity.

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