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first_imgAsh Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a 40-day period of reflection and fasting for Christians leading up to Easter.Ash Wednesday is considered a day to cleanse the soul and body as Lent begins. The actual date of Ash Wednesday is determined by the lunar calendar, which is why it changes every year. Ash Wednesday can fall as early as February 4 or as late as March 10. This year, Ash Wednesday is (today) February 14, coinciding with Valentine’s Day.A priest places ash on the forehead of a parishioner (file photo)Ash Wednesday derives its name from the blessing of ashes made from palm branches or crosses from the previous year’s Palm Sunday, which are burnt. The ashes are usually placed on the foreheads of Christians in the sign of a cross during mass. The custom reminds parishioners that they are ultimately sinners and need to repent. It is also said to be a reminder that death comes to everyone.Ashes have been used since ancient times to express grief. The gesture was also used to express sorrow for sins and faults. In Job 42:3–6, Job says to God: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” The prophet Jeremiah calls for repentance by saying: “O daughter of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes” (Jer 6:26). The prophet Daniel recounted pleading to God: “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes” (Daniel 9:3).Priests will administer the ashes along with the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”, signalling to people that they should start their period of fasting and introspection.Lent symbolises the days which lead up to Jesus’s crucifixion and subsequent resurrection, when Christ spent 40 days and nights alone in the Judean Desert being tempted by Satan. The penitential observance originated as a mirroring of this period.Millions of Christians observe Lent. Most believers tend to give up something they enjoy until Lent ends to deny the needs of the flesh in order to focus on the needs of the spirit. It is regarded as a period of spiritual preparation to grow closer to God in the run-up to Easter.Lent is preceded by Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French – the final day of carnival around the world), also called Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, comes from the practice of eating up all the rich fatty foods before fasting which subsequently lent itself to the all-out revelry of carnival which ensued before the solemn Lent period. The name Shrove Tuesday comes from the word “shrive”, meaning absolution for sins by doing penance and the tradition of Christians trying to be ‘shriven’ before Lent. Pancakes became associated with Shrove Tuesday as worshippers used up rich foods, including eggs, milk and sugar, before they began their fast during Lent.last_img read more

first_imgRed Bluff >> Track preparation has begun leading up to Saturday, Oct. 14 as once again the world of Outlaw Karts converge upon Tehama District Fairground as the best of the best will gather for the 38th annual Burris Tire Outlaw Kart Winter Series, brought to you by QRC.Saturday night inside Pauline Davis Pavilion will feature five classes of Beginner Box Stock, Box Stock, 250 Intermediate, Open and Sportsman classes. The 1/10-mile track, nicknamed the bull ring, has earned its reputation for …last_img read more

first_imgRiley started all 16 regular season games for the Giants last year and tallied four interceptions, more picks than any Raider had in 2018 … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Raiders continued their defensive spending streak in adding former Giants safety Curtis Riley, who tweeted Friday morning that he’s heading to Oakland.Bringin Florida to the Bay 🤙🏾😬#RaiderNation ☠️☠️☠️— Boobie Miles #Three5Live (@curtis35riley) March 22, 2019last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Each growing season delivers its own unexpected set of challenges for growers. After a season with heavy late-season disease pressure, Syngenta agronomists are reminding corn and soybean growers to prepare for unpredictable agronomic challenges as they select hybrids and varieties for 2017. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins has more with Eric Anderson, a Syngenta product development agronomist in Ohio.last_img

first_imgA sessions court in Alwar on Wednesday convicted self-styled god-man Kaushalendra Prapannacharya alias Falahari Maharaj for raping a 21-year-old law intern at his ashram last year and awarded him life imprisonment in the case. The court also imposed a fine of ₹1 lakh on the 61-year-old.The woman from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur had accused him of sexually assaulting her when she went to his ashram to meet him. The god-man commands a strong following both in India and abroad and the victim’s family was among his followers for several years, claiming to have given large donations to his ashram.Additional Sessions Judge Rajendra Sharma convicted Falahari Maharaj under Sections 376 (2) (c) (rape by taking advantage of official position) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code after taking on record the statements of 30 witnesses and examining 78 documents and 21 articles submitted to the court.The court had reserved its judgement for Wednesday after hearing the arguments of the prosecution and defence. A huge crowd gathered outside the court when the judgment was pronounced. Falahari Maharaj has been lodged in the Alwar Central Jail since his arrest on September 23 last year.The god-man was arrested from a private hospital in Alwar where he had got himself admitted, three days after the case against him was originally registered in Bilaspur. He had christened himself as Falahari Maharaj with the claim that he had survived by consuming only fruits for the last 25 years.Shortly after the god-man’s arrest, his photographs earlier with BJP leaders such as Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh and Raman Singh were widely circulated on social media.The woman, pursuing a law course in Jaipur, stated in her complaint that when she went to the ashram on the Raksha Bandhan day on August 7 last year, the god-man asked her to stay there in view of the lunar eclipse that day. During the night, he called her in his room and sexually assaulted her.last_img read more