“Ashes to Go”: Episcopalians take to the streets for Ash Wednesday

An interesting glimpse at how our Episcopalian siblings marked the beginning of Lent—and their foreheads—in Maryland, from the Baltimore Sun: Leta Dunham got her breakfast order to go at a Roland Avenue Starbucks Wednesday morning: a grande triple skim latte in her cup and, on her forehead, an ashen reminder that we are all destined to become [Read More...]

ESPN viewer: “Tony Rially has black ink smirred across his forehead…”

Ash Wednesday still befuddles some people (and, evidently, offers a few spelling challenges.)  The headline comes from Twitter, and reaction to the image above, seen yesterday on countless TV screens. The website Deadspin notes: For years, Around The Horn host Tony Reali has proudly worn the mark of Ash Wednesday upon his forehead while hosting that day’s [Read More...]

Ash Wednesday: look at the ashes, but think of the fire

As we prepare for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, here’s something from the vault: my homily from Ash Wednesday 2009.  GK +++ A true story: a few years ago, I was serving as a Eucharistic Minister on Ash Wednesday, and I stood over there during communion, holding the chalice filled with the Precious [Read More...]

Ohio church offers drive-thru ashes

And now for something completely different: An Ohio church is offering a drive-thru Ash Wednesday blessing for parishioners pressed for time or reluctant to come inside the church for the Lenten observance. The Rev. Patricia Anderson Cook of Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church in Mount Healthy offered the ashes Wednesday evening for people of all [Read More...]

More Protestants observing Ash Wednesday

Have we started a trend? Details: Don’t assume every ash-marked forehead you see today belongs to a Catholic. Ash Wednesday, long associated with Catholicism, is increasingly observed in Protestant churches. The Rev. Joe DeRoulhac became senior minister of Redlands’ First Baptist Church in 1989 but didn’t preside over Ash Wednesday services there until 2003. The [Read More...]

Remember, you are smudged

This year’s ashy portrait, courtesy Fr. Antonin: [Read more...]

Homily for February 22, 2012: Ash Wednesday

[Click here for readings] Click the green tab below to hear this homily as it was delivered at 8 a.m. Mass. When I was in high school, I had an English teacher by the name of Mrs. Comberiatti.   She was a quiet, tiny little woman, very young, but surprisingly strict.  I spent most of the [Read More...]

“Let us pray to set the world ablaze…”

Almost a year ago, we began the Easter season with a roaring fire at the door of the Church – we re-lived the creation of the universe, and it exploded into hundreds of points of light: small, bright candles that were held by every one in the church. We sang: “Christ Our Light, thanks be [Read More...]

A really bad idea: a "flash mob" during Ash Wednesday mass

Really. It happened in South Dakota: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent . It a time for penance, reflection, fasting and apparently, dance for one group of catholic students. We attend one Ash Wednesday Service that was interrupted by an unexpected, but emotional flash mob. Not long after receiving the ceremonial [Read More...]

"Come back to me…"

This Ash Wednesday perennial gets to me every time. Here, two versions…the first, from John Michael Talbot, and the second, from the composer himself, Gregory Norbet. [Read more...]


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