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Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday 2016: History, Dates, Traditions Of Lent's First Day Of Fasting

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.05.2016 | Religion

Ash Wednesday is observed on February 10, 2016. The Christian holy day marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of fasting that is considered pre...

Mardi Gras 2016: History, Traditions And Little-Known Facts

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion

This year, Mardi Gras falls on February 9, 2016. As it is commonly understood, Mardi Gras is a raucous celebratory affair that serves as a final sheb...

Four Commonly Misunderstood Religious Celebrations

Dana Smith | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Dana Smith

As many celebrate Holy Week which culminates with Easter Sunday, spiritual sentiments abound. Whether you celebrate Christ or bunnies, this is prime time for Christian religious expression and celebration.

Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.

Taking Lent to Repent

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We as Americans and others in the West have long overlooked the ways our actions affect the world around us -- both in positive and negative ways. Lent must be a time to reflect and repent -- in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It's time to turn around.

Ash Wednesday

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Suzan Johnson Cook

Ash Wednesday, is the day that Christians begin the season of Lent. It is a sacrificial, introspective, penitent and prayerful time, as we prepare to go to the cross with Jesus, and be resurrected with Him on Easter Sunday.

Pope Francis Observes Ash Wednesday

AP | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis walked in a solemn Ash Wednesday procession between churches on Rome's ancient Aventine Hill, calling on people to humbly rem...

You Can't Fail Lent

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

But Lent is a journey, not a pass-fail test. Trust me, if it were at all possible to fail Lent, I would have long ago been expelled from this spiritual school. Fortunately, the goal here is not a perfect score at the end of 40 days. In fact, let's throw out the word "goal" and focus instead on practice -- spiritual practice.

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust

Rev. Bonnie A. Perry | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Bonnie A. Perry

These next 40 days offers us a time to put on our metaphorical and literal glasses and look in the mirror and examine what we see in the eyes of the one who looks back?

Ash Wednesday Explained

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with schmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday (Feb. 18). The ‘Splainer asks what hav...

Christians Celebrate Ash Wednesday Around The World

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion

Ash Wednesday falls on February 18, 2015, marking the beginning of Lent for Christians around the world. When the day arrives, Christians embark on a ...

Lent Is a Journey That Is About Enlightenment if We're Willing to Think About It That Way

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Lent is about to begin. That word in English comes from an Old English word that means "to lengthen," and it's a reminder of the days getting longer as we move toward summer out of the dark of winter.

Lent: Living God's Grace

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 04.19.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

We live in an age where people fact check everything we say and do. If we exaggerate or embellish, people are quick to point it out and we are summarily kicked to the curb.

Ash Wednesday 2015: Lent Begins

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

Ash Wednesday is observed on February 18, 2015. The Christian holy day marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of fasting that is considered pre...

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...