Ash Wednesday

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  1. Paige says:

    Love this. Thank you.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige…I love it too.

  3. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
    I wrote this in my wife’s Valentine card earlier this morning.

    To the rest of you – Happy vaLENTine Day 🙂

  4. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Just think the fun we will have with Easter this year as it falls on April Fools Day.

  5. Rick says:

    Thank you, Michael!

  6. Jean says:

    Very nice and timely article.

  7. Outside T. Fold says:

    The Ash Wednesday liturgy is so deep. Have long been struck by the impatience of our lives and the anger at our own frustration. Those are like uncomfortable comfortable reminders (oh hello there, you again. Impatience? check. Anger at frustration? check check check.).

    In addition to the familiar ones, I’m struck by for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us and For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us.

  8. Steve says:

    I’m curious about receiving ashes. I never was in a church that did it, so its new to me. Is it similar to receiving communion in that you need to be vetted ahead of time before you can receive them? I say this because the one and only time I went to a Lutheran church my wife and I were not allowed to receive communion. Are ashes treated the same way?

  9. Michael says:

    Steve,

    I don’t believe so…I would hope not.

  10. Outside T. Fold says:

    Steve: no. (Lapsed episcopalian, here. Partook of ashes many years before I got confirmed in the ECUSA)

  11. Steve says:

    I saw that you could get drive-thru ashes or ashes on the go in some places, so I figured its pretty open to anyone but then again I’ve seen people offering communion that way too.

  12. Duane Arnold says:

    Nice… very nice.
    “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”
    The old words still have power.

  13. Jean says:

    Ashes are adiaphora, I.e., neither commanded nor forbidden in the Scriptures.

    They are a shelf discipline, good and right, if received for the right reason. Tonight at my church they will be offered for voluntary reception by any person. Ashes are an outward symbol of confession. It will be followed by absolution and the Lord’s Supper.

  14. Josh the Baptist says:

    My son is 10 today.

  15. dusty says:

    happy birthday josh’s son. 🙂

  16. Duane Arnold says:

    Jean

    “Ashes are an outward symbol of confession”

    I think you meant penance or penitence…

  17. Jean says:

    Duane,

    Maybe it’s just me, but the ashes for me are a confession that I am in the flesh the progeny of the first Adam, marked for death.

  18. John 20:29 says:

    I respect the witness today, repentece… but i wonder how many passers by when seeing the symbol will see anything more than a religious person… praying they ask…

    Sad denigration of the Faith on a talk show this week observing that it is alright to talk to Jesus, if you wish, but if Jesus talks back, you should be licked up as you are off your rocker… pray that woman gets a word from on hjgh…

  19. John 20:29 says:

    A 10 year old boy! Happy Birthday and God keep, son of Josh the B. 🎆 🎂 🎇

  20. Josh the Baptist says:

    🙂 Thanks dusty and Em. No ashes in the Baptist house, but Valentines day has been very special for the last ten years.

  21. Duane Arnold says:

    #17 Jean

    Indeed. In the Middle Ages, it was often the practice before death to be laid upon sackcloth and to have ashes placed upon the person who was dying. They got what it was about…

  22. Xenia says:

    i don’t know why the comments are closed on Duane’s post so I will say this here.

    For decades I have voted for the Republican candidate because I was tricked into believing they were pro-life. I bet many of you were tricked, too. Yet this day they have blood on their hands. They have been bought by the NRA.

    Dear Senator Rubio, I am glad you prayed. Now that you have heard from God, please repent of being bribed by the NRA, get up off your knees and start working on a bill to change the nations gun laws. Thank you.

    Trump and the Repubs are not blaming the proliferation of guns, they are blaming the shooter’s neighbors, the students, and the teachers instead. They saw something but didn’t say something. Their fault.

    Our nation is being held hostage by people who claim the right to own war weapons as a hobby. Think about that: a hobby. They are collectors, they say, and like target practice.

    A sheriff from Broward County is on TV telling Americana how to spy on our neighbors. Do they usually bring home groceries bags full of milk and eggs and now they are spending time out at the gun range? Call the cops on them! See something, say something!

    Trump is wondering on Twitter why the shooter’s mental instability wasn’t reported. (It was, turns out.) Trump, your mental instability has been noted and reported widely for the past year so you can see that isn’t very effective.

    He’s blaming the victims, as usual. That’s what people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder do, they blame the victims. That NRA money might dry up if he blamed the proliferation of assault weapons.

    “People kill people, not guns.” What a fatuous phrase. All countries have people but only among the wealthy nations do you find the combination of lax gun laws and school killings after school killings after school killings. It’s not “people,” it’s not the mentally ill, it’s the availability of weapons of war that allows marginal people to go on rampages.

    Yeah Republicans, I’m looking at YOU. If you are as pro-life as you claim, put an end to this carnage. Refuse to vote for any candidate who gets NRA money and instead, vote for the candidate who wants sane gun laws. Otherwise, the blood is on your hands.

  23. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    I closed the comments because I didn’t want to hear the standard tripe that always ends with the resolve to do nothing.
    I couldn’t take it while waiting for casualty numbers.
    I’ll open it up now.

  24. Xenia says:

    I thought that was the case and didn’t blame you at all, I was just explaining why I posted in this thread.

    I’ll copy and paste it over there.

    Thanks.

  25. Jean says:

    Thank you Xenia.

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