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Ash Wednesday

Asses to Ashes -- How to Rescue the Rest of Lent

Jack Levison | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

Visit some key places during Lent, all of them within easy reach, none of them in a church.

A Silent Lent

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

You may have heard about, or practice this special period of time observed by Christians called "Lent." This 40-day period leading up to Easter (Pascha in Greek), is perhaps the most important time for Christians.

Mardi Gras Is the Flip Side of the Blues

Buckwheat Zydeco | Posted 05.11.2014 | Entertainment
Buckwheat Zydeco

This post is co-authored by Ted Fox It's been probably twenty years or more since I was home for Mardi Gras. I'm always on the road. But, you know, B...

May Ash Wednesday Be About Substance Rather Than Form

Bishop Stacy Sauls | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Bishop Stacy Sauls

What if Lent were not about giving up something that makes us happy, but taking something on that makes us better, maybe even joyful? What if the purpose of Lent were not to be miserable but to live life more abundantly, not less?

PHOTOS: New York Celebrates Ash Wednesday

Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion

The Huffington Post hit the streets on Ash Wednesday to see how New Yorkers were observing the start of Lent. Christians in the Big Apple had ash pla...

What I'm Actually Giving Up For Lent

Amanda Gutterman | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Amanda Gutterman

I am making an exception and giving something up for Lent. That thing? Saying the R-word.

Church Offers Drive-Thru Ash Wednesday Service For Those On The Go

Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

Too busy to stop by a church this Ash Wednesday? Bethesda United Methodist Church in Sykesville, Md., has come up with an unconventional way to m...

Dreading Lent: An Alternative Proposal

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Maybe it's different for you, and that separation from potato chips or red meat has deepened your spiritual life in a meaningful way. But, if it hasn't, I want to suggest that maybe "giving up" is not the only way to observe a holy Lent.

Ashen Foreheads and Ashen Hearts

Rev. Kenneth Tanner | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Kenneth Tanner

The season of Lent is not first about fasting or self-denial; it's about serious participation -- here and now -- in God's divine forgiveness with all his people, from the heart: God's pardon of us and our pardon of others. It doesn't change God, it changes us. It changes our hearts.

Cosmic Dust

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

I wonder if there's another way to observe this day and the season of Lent which it inaugurates by considering where those ashes come from. I don't mean their traditional origin in last year's Palm Sunday palm fronds that are burned to ashes and mixed with oil to create an adhesive mix, but a deeper origin.

Top 100 Things People Are Giving Up For Lent (According To Twitter)

Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

It is widely understood that Lent is a period of fasting and sacrifice, but what are people actually giving up for the 40-day fast? OpenBible’s 2...

Lent Begins! Share Your Experiences With Our Live Blog

Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

The 40 days of Lent that lead to Easter are the most sacred and spiritually powerful in the Christian calendar. From the Ash Wednesday reminder to 're...

Why Ash Wednesday?

Sara Miles | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Sara Miles

Why would anyone say "thank you" when a stranger tells you you're going to die? Because it's the truth.

Ash Wednesday Begins

Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion

Ash Wednesday is observed on March 5, in 2014. The Christian holy day marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of fasting that is considered pre...

Remember That You Are Dust!

Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Michael Rogers, S.J.

That we are dust is a reminder that our lives are fragile, and that the lives and hearts of those around us are as well. So we must tread lightly and walk joyously, spreading love for hate, peace for rancor, and healing for a world which is all too wounded.

The Observance of Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.01.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

This coming Wednesday, March 5, is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Let's take a look at the historical emergence and spiritual significance of the Lenten season.

Channeling The Phoenix During Lent And Easter

Amy Shiner | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Amy Shiner

The real significance of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday is about rebirth.

Become A Martyr For The Sake Of Love During Lent

Julie Clawson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Religion
Julie Clawson

Having Valentine's Day at the very start of Lent this year can be about more than just us feeling guilty about indulging during Lent, it can remind us that sacrificing ourselves for the sake of love is the greatest sacrifice of all.

Lenten Seafood Demand Has Slipped, Louisiana Vendors Say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.20.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 18, 2013 edition.) Seafood sales rise in the more than forty days from Ash Wednesd...

To The Ashes, To The Soil, I Gladly Return

Chris Fici | Posted 04.19.2013 | Religion
Chris Fici

I appreciated the dirtiness of our Ash Wednesday retreat, and by dirtiness I mean the reminder that the soil, the ground, and the earth that is the very foundation of our bodily existence is something that we must not lose touch with.

What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 04.17.2013 | Religion
Diann Rust-Tierney

Lent is an opportunity to right-size our personal commitments and realign our priorities. We loosen our attachment to even seemingly innocuous or good things that hinder our spiritual growth because they consume a disproportionate amount of focus, energy or time.

Proclaiming The Gay Good News On Ash Wednesday

John Russell Stanger | Posted 04.16.2013 | Religion
John Russell Stanger

Many queer people walk away from the only kind of church they ever know, and they never look back. But Joey, with his boldness to integrate the faith of his childhood and the sexuality with which God has blessed him, has forever reframed Lent for me.

Of Ashes and Invitations

James M. Chesbro | Posted 04.15.2013 | Parents
James M. Chesbro

Many people think of Lent in terms of giving up indulgences such as chocolate or wine. What I'd like to give up this season is being hard on myself.

It's Not About Me: A Lenten Challenge

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

While the stores start stocking plastic eggs and Easter baskets, we do something on Ash Wednesday that is completely counter-cultural: We go to church, smear ashes on our foreheads and remind one another that everything we know is only temporary. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

PHOTOS: Ash Wednesday Observed Around The World

Posted 02.13.2013 | Religion

Christians around the world observe Ash Wednesday today marking the first day of Lent, a period of fasting, prayer and repentance based on the 40 days...