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What Ash Wednesday and Lent are All About

What Ash Wednesday and Lent are All About

Ash Wednesday and Lent directly challenge this way of thinking, reminding us that our bodies and souls are inextricably linked, that we are more but not less than physical beings, and that God’s creation was, indeed, good. We will die, one day, a fact of life that so many in our culture perpetually try to distract themselves from. And, corrupted by our own sin, we are in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Churches Get Ready for Ash Wednesday in a Pandemic

Churches Get Ready for Ash Wednesday in a Pandemic

An ecumenical group of clergy, theologians, liturgical scholars and public health experts recently released guidelines for safely observing Ash Wednesday, which falls this year on Feb. 17, recommending no indoor meetings, lots of hand sanitizer and, when doling out ashes in a drive-thru, keeping the line moving to avoid traffic jams.

Lent: A Season to Remember How to Suffer Well

Lent: A Season to Remember How to Suffer Well

Lent is a 40-day period dedicated to prayer and fasting. During this time, Christians across the globe reflect on the mission and suffering Jesus Christ went through for our salvation.

You Are but Dust, and to Dust You Shall Return

You Are but Dust, and to Dust You Shall Return

Like Advent, the season of Lent is about preparation. Before Christmas, our Christian forebears thought it wise to prepare a bit, and that by diving deeply into Old Testament promises and prophecies we’d better understand the birth of Christ in the full context of redemptive history. So too, in Lent, our Christian forbears thought it wise to prepare for Holy week, especially for celebrating the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Teacher Apologizes after Demanding Fourth-Grader Remove Ash Wednesday Cross from Forehead

Teacher Apologizes after Demanding Fourth-Grader Remove Ash Wednesday Cross from Forehead
When an elementary school student walked into class on Wednesday, he was shocked when his teacher told him to wipe his Ash Wednesday cross off of his forehead.

Happy Lent. Seriously.: Release from the Fear of Death

Happy Lent. Seriously.: Release from the Fear of Death
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the forty-day period in the church calendar known as Lent, a time of preparation leading up to Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday.

Ashes for Valentine's Day: The Convergence of Eros and Agape

Ashes for Valentine's Day: The Convergence of Eros and Agape
Isn’t it odd that today is both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday? If you ask me, it’s a clear case of divine providence.

7 Things You Should Know about Ash Wednesday

7 Things You Should Know about Ash Wednesday

Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday (Feb. 14). What does having a dirty forehead have to do with being a Christian and why this ritual is gaining in popularity? What is the significance behind Ash Wednesday and why do Christians still attend Ash Wednesday services? Even if you attend one at your church you may not know the history behind it.

Well, here is what you need to know:

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Ash Wednesday Doesn’t Need to Sparkle

Ash Wednesday Doesn’t Need to Sparkle
For nearly 1,500 years, Christians have observed Ash Wednesday with the smear of ashes in the shape of a cross on their foreheads, a biblical sign of repentance.
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