(RNS) I’ve never taken ashes before, because I didn’t want anyone to judge me for my beliefs. I didn’t want anyone to see. But this year will be different. For the first time, I will show up at church for services, step up to the pastor and present my forehead for the mark.
Articles tagged “Ash Wednesday”
(RNS) Lent isn’t in the Bible, and neither is Ash Wednesday. So where did they come from? Let us ‘splain …
“Ashes to Go” has taken Ash Wednesday outdoors since 2007 and has become an international and interdenominational way to mark the start of Lent.
(RNS) Everything you need to know about Ash Wednesday, which kicks off the 40-day period of reflection, penance and fasting in Lent.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his first public comments since his surprise retirement announcement, Pope Benedict XVI asked Catholics for support and prayers to support him “in these days which are not easy for me.”
The priests who offer ashes in public on Ash Wednesday are not doing something for the sake of convenience or expediency; Rather, we will be in public, with our prayers and our crosses of ash, to meet the Christ who died in a public place. By Lauren Winner.