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  • Breaking News: FBI moves in to end Oregon stand-off - Agents and armored cars surround militia

    02/10/2016 7:43:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2/1016 | Staff
    The FBI on Wednesday evening moved in on the last four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the Oregonian newspaper reported. The four armed, anti-government protesters had been indicted last week with 12 others on charges of conspiring to impede federal officers during an armed standoff at the compound. The takeover at Malheur started on Jan. 2 when their leader, Ammon Bundy, and followers, seized buildings at the refuge in a protest against federal control over millions of acres public land in the West. (Photo)
  • How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today

    02/10/2016 7:39:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How Real Are Your Ashes? Five Meanings of the Ashes We Receive Today Msgr. Charles Pope • February 9, 2016 • Photo Credit: Jaclyn Lippelmann for the Catholic Standard.As a boy, I remember wondering why so many people liked to rush to Church to get ashes smudged on their foreheads. Frankly, I had some revulsion at the idea of having dirty ashes smeared on my forehead. I didn't like it at all and would secretly rub them off when no one was looking. Today, though I'll admit I still don't like it too much, I behave myself and don't...
  • One Practical Advice For Those Who Don't Have The Will Power During Lent To Fast

    02/10/2016 3:53:11 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 1 replies ^ | Feb. 10, 2016 | Armen Hareyan
    In this society following the Lenten requirements of our faith and fasting are not in fashion and are not encouraged. Neither the TV, nor the newspapers will encourage you to to fast during this season. The most they may do, is to report on the Ash Wednesday, and the Holy Week, culminating with Easter (i.e. the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ). What can you do, if you don't have the strong will to fast during the 40 days of Lent. There are various levels of fasting. The earliest Church fasts severely restricted all foods, but this gradually eased. Pope...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-10-16, Ash Wednesday

    02/09/2016 7:30:55 PM PST · by Salvation · 40 replies ^ | 02-10-16 | Revised New American Bible
    February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • Choice and Consequences

    02/24/2015 5:49:50 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-23-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    Choice and Consequences By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe themes of early Lent are pretty basic. The ashes of Ash Wednesday announce the simple truth that we are going to die and  thereafter face judgment. Hence, we need to repent and come to believe the good news that only Jesus can save us.Another early reading from Thursday after Ash Wednesday featured Moses laying out the basic reality that all of us have a choice to make. He says to us,Today I have set before youlife and prosperity, death and doom …I call heaven and earth today to witness against you:I have set before you life...
  • You are Going to Die An After Ash Wednesday Reflection

    02/19/2015 7:07:49 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    You are Going to Die – An After Ash Wednesday Reflection By: Msgr. Charles PopeAt Ash Wednesday Masses we heard the ancient acclamation, as ashes are imposed, Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.The  beginning of the Lenten season puts before us an urgent plea that we should be sober and watchful of our soul and its condition, for the form of this world is passing away (1 Cor 7:31).Simply put, we are going to die and we need to be made ready to meet our God. Recall some of the urgency present in the...
  • The Community Organizer Tries Theology

    02/22/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 22, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Ash Wednesday 2015 was a perfect time for President Obama to lecture us about religion. No, wait, thats every day. Never gets old sitting at the knee of Baal, does it? But Ash Wednesdays call for repentance did happen to sync up with Obamas hallowed summit on extremism. The Cultural-Marxist-in-chief grabbed the teleprompter microphone in the wake of a months-worth of severed heads and charred bodies, and unwrapped the mysteries of the universe for us. Oh, what blessed diversity! There is no god but ourselves, and Obama is our messenger. Some of us put sooty crosses on our forehead to...
  • House Republicans cancel prayer from Muslim on Ash Wednesday; say they'll reschedule him

    02/21/2015 10:32:28 AM PST · by skeptoid · 18 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Feb 20, 2015 at 1:31 a.m. | Mike Nowatzki
    BISMARCK Republican leaders in the North Dakota House of Representatives said they canceled the opening prayer by a Muslim on Ash Wednesday because some members thought it was more appropriate to have a Christian deliver the invocation. Dr. Nadim Koleilat, board president of the Bismarck Muslim Community Center, ended up giving the invocation in the Senate instead of the House. Comments made on the District 24 Republicans Facebook page including one posted Monday that called Koleilats planned appearances in the House on Wednesday and in the Senate next week political correctness at its worst were brought to...
  • Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety

    02/18/2015 10:03:05 AM PST · by Lee N. Field · 13 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | Febuary 2015 | Carl Trueman
    It's that time of year again: the ancient tradition of Lent, kick-started by Ash Wednesday. It is also the time of year when us confessional types brace ourselves for the annual onslaught of a more recent tradition: that of evangelical pundits, with no affiliation to such branches of the church, writing articles extolling Lent's virtues to their own eclectic constituency. Liturgical calendars developed in the fourth century and beyond, as Christianity came to dominate the empire. Cultural dominance requires two things: control of time and space. The latter could be achieved through churches and relics. The former was achieved through...
  • Evangelical Angst About Ash Wednesday

    02/18/2015 3:24:56 PM PST · by NYer · 380 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 17, 2015 | DAVID MILLS
    You wouldnt think that anyone would fight about Ash Wednesday and Lent. For Catholics its part of what we do. For others its something they can use or not as they find it helpful, and increasing numbers do. Down-the-line Evangelical churches have started to hold special services for Ash Wednesday complete with ashes and to treat the Sundays after it as Sundays in Lent. Rather severely anti-sacramental Evangelicals now speak of giving things up and fasting on Fridays. I find this cheering, but my friend Carl Trueman doesnt. Carl teaches Church history at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 02-18-15, Ash Wednesday

    02/17/2015 9:07:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies ^ | 02-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    February 18, 2015Ash Wednesday    Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD,return to me with your whole heart,with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;Rend your hearts, not your garments,and return to the LORD, your God.For gracious and merciful is he,slow to anger, rich in kindness,and relenting in punishment.Perhaps he will again relentand leave behind him a blessing,Offerings and libationsfor the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion!proclaim a fast,call an assembly;Gather the people,notify the congregation;Assemble the elders,gather the childrenand the infants at the breast;Let the bridegroom quit his roomand the bride her chamber.Between the porch and the...
  • Remember That Thou Art Dust (Ash Wednesday)

    02/17/2015 8:54:33 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies ^ | 02-17-15 | David Mills
    Remember That Thou Art Dust David Mills Ash Wednesday is the holy day on which you are asked to face the facts about yourself. Letting someone smear ashes on your forehead while telling you that you are dirt is a statement that you have seen and accepted the facts about yourself, and know they’re not in your favor. And, though this isn’t as obvious, it is also a declaration of the good news.The Church doesn’t give official explanations of what her rites mean, but here’s what I think what is being said through the imposition of ashes. Even if this...
  • 9 things to know and share about Ash Wednesday

    02/17/2015 9:12:10 PM PST · by iowamark · 16 replies ^ | 2/17/2015 | Jimmy Akin
    Ash Wednesday is upon us again! Here are 9 things you need to know and share . . . 1. What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday is the day that Lent begins (see: 9 things you need to know about Lent). The name comes from the fact that a particular rite is always celebrated on this Wednesday in which the faithful have ashes put on their foreheads. According to the Roman Missal: In the course of todays Mass, ashes are blessed and distributed. These are made from the olive branches or branches of other trees that were blessed the previous...
  • What Does Jesus Mean by Hypocrisy? Its More than You Might Think

    06/19/2014 2:44:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 6/18/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the Gospel from Ash Wednesdays Mass, Jesus gives an extended teaching on the problem of hypocrisy. You can read it here: Matthew 6 On Hypocrisy. In the modern age we have tended to reduce the idea of hypocrisy to duplicity. The modern notion is that a hypocrite is someone who says one thing but does another, a person who is two-faced, inconsistent, or phony. Jesus teaching on hypocrisy does not exclude this definition, but it is far richer.The biblical understanding used by Jesus is rooted in the original meaning of the Greek word ?p????ta? (hypokritai), which means stage...
  • "Our Father Who Art in Heaven" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday on Matthew 6:1-21; The Lord's Prayer)

    03/05/2014 12:33:12 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | March 5, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Our Father Who Art in Heaven (Matthew 6:1-21; The Lords Prayer)You know, during Lent there is a strong tradition to do a series on some part of the Catechism. And thats what were going to do for this Lenten season. Today we begin a nine-part sermon series on the Lords Prayer. Im calling it Lord, Teach Us to Pray, which is what the disciples asked Jesus to teach them. And Jesus responded by giving them the Lords Prayer, as well as other teaching about prayer. Apparently, Jesus wants his Christians to pray. He thinks its important. He gives us instruction...
  • Your Ash Wednesday Prayers (Devotion)

    03/05/2014 11:51:14 AM PST · by xzins · 7 replies
    Religion Forum ^ | 5 Mar 14 | All of Us
    Almighty God, help us to take to heart through Your Holy Word the truth that sin entered the world through human disobedience to You. Our sin has filled this world with envy, selfishness, hatred, greed, and other sins too many to list. Yet human sin cannot be victorious over the grace of God that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord. We pray that You pour Your grace upon us as we strive to lives of sacrifice and holiness. Enable us to daily defeat sin, so that we will know that joy which is unspeakable and full of glory. Through...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: Forgotten Holidays

    03/05/2014 9:59:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | March 5, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Rhythm is life giving. We function according to days, weeks, months and years. We celebrate anniversaries and birthdays, dread tax time and look forward to time off. The cycles we go through help us move forward and stay in sync with the people around us. They increase both our productivity and our enjoyment of life, and they are essential to the health of our society. We see this truth throughout the natural world as well. Our calendars and timetables are based on seasons and phases, the perfectly predictable movement of our planet and moon through space. Rhythm is a form...
  • "The Joy of Repentance" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Luke 15:1-10)

    02/13/2013 8:43:25 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies ^ | February 13, 2013 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    The Joy of Repentance (Luke 15:1-10)Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent. And today we begin a series of six midweek services under the theme, A Little Lenten Lukan Joy. Let me explain. This year in the churchs three-year lectionary is The Year of St. Luke. That means for most of the services in this current church year the Holy Gospel will be one appointed from Lukes gospel. And so were really focusing in on this particular book this year. In our Bible class, were doing an in-depth study of the Gospel of Luke. Most...
  • On Ash Wednesday

    02/13/2013 9:53:43 AM PST · by ELS · 5 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 13, 2013 | Benedict XVI
    On Ash Wednesday "The forty days of Lent recall Israels sojourn in the desert and the temptations of Jesus at the beginning of His public ministry." Vatican City, February 13, 2013 ( Before delivering his catechesis today, the Holy Father said the following to the faithful present: "Dear Brothers and Sisters, As you know, I have decided [applause] Thank you for your sympathy, I have decided to give up the ministry that the Lord has entrusted to me on April 19, 2005. I did this in full freedom for the good of the Church, after having prayed at length and...
  • Pope's last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's

    02/12/2013 3:38:48 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 28, 2012. Credit: Anne Hartney/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 12, 2013 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent. “It’s very clear that St. Peter’s is a much bigger church than Santa Sabina in Aventino, so for a celebration in which we expect there will be a lot of faithful, bishops...
  • "Baptized into Christ Jesus" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday, on Romans 6:1-11)

    03/09/2011 1:41:53 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | March 9, 2011 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Baptized into Christ Jesus (Romans 6:1-11)Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, you and I have been Baptized into Christ Jesus. As such, we have received the bountiful grace and abundant forgiveness of God, washing away all our sins and assuring us of everlasting life, all of this free of charge. But this raises the question: Your baptismal certificate: Is it a license to sin? Or is it a death certificate? Heres what I mean. Because Gods grace is so free and abundant, because our Father loves to forgive us for the sake of his Son, some might mistakenly think that...
  • Attorney asked by judge to remove Ash Wednesday observance

    02/20/2010 6:28:41 AM PST · by Free Vulcan · 139 replies · 2,269+ views
    Iowa Independent ^ | 02/19/10 | Lynda Waddington
    A Marshall County Attorney in the midst of prosecuting an attempted murder case was asked by the court Wednesday to remove a smudge of ash from his forehead, a Catholic custom done in conjunction with the beginning of Lent. Conservative writer Ken Black of the Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that Paul Crawford, an assistant county attorney, returned to the courtroom following a lunch break with the ash on his forehead. Catholics place the mark, which is often done in the shape of a cross, on their foreheads as a sign of repentance. The ash itself is often a by-product of the...
  • "When you fast. . .": An Ash Wednesday Post

    02/18/2010 6:40:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies · 255+ views ^ | Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | Michael Barber
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 "When you fast. . .": An Ash Wednesday Post   Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the traditional period of "Lent". "Lent" is an old English word for "Spring", but of course for Christians it is more than a recognition of the changing of seasons, it is a call for a change of heart. I recently did an hour-long radio interview on the practice of Lent on Catholic Answers radio, the podcast of which can be heard here. I'm not going to try to reproduce all I said there in this post. In addition, to...
  • "What to Do with Your Sins" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday)

    02/17/2010 8:31:00 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 11 replies · 305+ views ^ | February 17, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    What to Do with Your Sins (Psalm 51:3-4; Joel 2:12-13; 2 Corinthians 5:21)Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. There are a number of things that people do when this season comes around. Some people give something up for Lent. They may give up soda pop or ice cream, for instance. Some people take something on for Lent, like a regular exercise routine. Whether by giving something up or taking something on, these folks may be using Lent as a second chance at the New Years resolutions they stopped doing, oh, sometime around January 8. Now...
  • On the Lenten Season

    02/17/2010 7:03:47 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies · 255+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 17, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Lenten Season Man "Is Precious Dust in God's Eyes" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 17, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten journey: a journey that extends over 40 days and that leads us to the joy of the Lord's Easter. We are not alone in this spiritual itinerary, because the Church accompanies and sustains us from the start with the Word of God, which encloses a program of spiritual life and...
  • Kay Burley has to say sorry for mistaking Ash Wednesday cross on V.P Biden's forehead for a bruise

    Sky News presenter Kay Burley was forced to make an on-air apology today after mistaking a tribute to Ash Wednesday on American vice president Joe Bidens forehead for a large bruise. The controversial Miss Burley, 49, made the comments during a conversation with the news channels U.S. correspondent, Greg Milam. When made aware of her ignorance during a commercial break, Miss Burley then compounded her insulting words by saying: Ive said three Hail Marys, everything is going to be fine.
  • Biden's Forehead Shows Ash Wednesday Mark

    02/17/2010 10:42:46 AM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies · 1,458+ views
    CBSNews ^ | February 17, 2010
    February 17, 2010 Biden's Forehead Shows Ash Wednesday Mark [Pic in URL] Posted by Brian Montopoli (AP)Vice President Joe Biden appeared at an event marking the one-year anniversary of the economic stimulus package today with a noticeable black smidge on his forehead. For many the mark was immediately recognizable as the ashes given to Catholics on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Biden, America's first Catholic vice president, also received ashes, which are meant to symbolize repentance and serve as a reminder of human mortality, last year. On Wednesday morning, President Obama issued a statement commemorating Ash Wednesday, saying...

    02/17/2010 2:24:51 PM PST · by Fred · 120 replies · 2,817+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 021710 | Bill Donohue
    Fox News analyst Bob Beckel today criticized Vice President Joe Biden for wearing ashes on TV; today is Ash Wednesday and Biden is Catholic. In the middle of a discussion on President Obamas stimulus plan, Beckel gratuitously said, Sorry about laughing, but I looked at Joe Bidens forehead, and I know it is Ash Wednesday, but Im not sure I would wear that ash on the air. Anyway. Catholic League president Bill Donohue wasnt amused: Bob Beckels admonishing remark, Im not sure I would wear that ash on the air, makes us wonder whether it is the public display of...
  • Ash Wednesday in the Public Square (the phenomenon that draws in so many)

    02/17/2010 10:25:55 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 376+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | February 17, 2010 | David G. Bonagura Jr.
    Rev. Richard John Neuhaus long wondered about the phenomenon of innumerable Catholics, pious and not, practicing and not, who throng to churches at all hours of Ash Wednesday to receive ashes on their foreheads on the first day of Lent. He was unable to pinpoint a reason why the annual ashes exceed both the Lord's birth and resurrection in popularity; in fact, ashes have become such the rage that even some Protestant churches have begun distributing them. Motives aside, the fact remains that on Ash Wednesday a formidable team of Catholics in trains, planes, and office corridors offer...
  • What is that on Biden's forehead?? (vanity)

    02/17/2010 7:53:05 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 59 replies · 2,160+ views
    Fox Business news
    I'm watching Premier Hussein give a speech about job creation, and Joe Biden keeps popping in and out, with some sort of black object smeared across his forehead. In HiDef, it also looks like he has stitches in his left eyebrow.
  • Lent 2010: Pierce Thou My Heart, Love Crucified [Catholic Caucus]

    02/17/2010 8:42:08 AM PST · by mlizzy · 3 replies · 151+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 02-17-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Ash WednesdayJoel 2:12-18 Psalm 50:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14, 15 2 Corinthians 5:20 -- 6:2 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 CompunctionAsh Wednesday addresses the heart. Ashes are sprinkled on our heads, but Lent is lived in the heart. God wants pierced hearts. God looks for the broken heart. "Even now," says the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments" (Jl 2:12-13). Paradoxically, in order to give God one's whole heart, it must first be pierced and broken. This is what we mean when we speak of compunction...
  • Ash Wednesday: It's Not Just For Catholics Anymore

    02/15/2010 6:01:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 440+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 2/12/10 | Diane Smith
    Christians mark the beginning of Lent with Ash Wednesday church services and self-reflection. And it's not just Catholics who are participating. Ash Wednesday, which is next week, includes the practice of having ashes placed on your forehead. While the ash marking is often associated with Roman Catholicism, Christians of various denominations are increasingly participating in Ash Wednesday services, which are traditionally contemplative and somber. In the Catholic Church, Ash Wednesday is "a call to do penance for sin," said Lucas Pollice, director of catechesis for the Fort Worth Diocese. Ellen Lewis, associate minister of University Christian Church in Fort Worth,...
  • Luxury hotel manager fired after making vulgar Ash Wednesday remarks

    03/27/2009 7:28:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 557+ views
    CNA ^ | March 26, 2009
    The New York Palace Hotel / Niklaus Leuenberger New York City, N.Y., Mar 26, 2009 / 11:56 pm (CNA).- The manager of the luxurious New York Palace Hotel was fired after obscenely ordering a Catholic employee to clean the ashes from his forehead on Ash Wednesday.According to the New York Daily News, on Feb. 25 the hotels managing director Niklaus Leuenberger told bell captain Mike Murray Wipe that f-----g s--t off your face, referring to the ashes Murray had received at an Ash Wednesday service.The 893-room five-star hotel is 55 stories tall and is on Madison Avenue across the...
  • New York Palace Hotel Boss Niklaus Leuenberger Gets the Door After Ash Wednesday Slur

    03/25/2009 9:56:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies · 1,588+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | Wednesday, March 25th 2009 | Kerry Burke AND Oren Yaniv
    The manager of one of the city's most luxurious hotels was given the boot after ordering a Catholic employee to clean up his forehead on Ash Wednesday. "Wipe that f-----g s--t off your face," managing director Niklaus Leuenberger told a bell captain at the New York Palace Hotel on Feb. 25, sources said. The unholy ultimatum ended up costing Leuenberger his job at the Palace, a swanky 55-story tower on Madison Ave. across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral. "As of Monday, March 23, Leuenberger is no longer employed by the New York Palace," hotel spokeswoman Teresa Delaney told the...
  • Lib Blogger Pulls a Ted Turner, Mocks Ash Wednesday

    03/01/2009 12:57:50 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies · 723+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 1, 2009 | Ken Shepherd
    Liberal blogger and Media Matters employee* Oliver Willis channeled his inner Ted Turner last Wednesday, while writing for his eponymous Web site.
  • Remember, O Man [Ash Wednesday]

    02/25/2009 8:39:41 AM PST · by sionnsar · 9 replies · 351+ views
    The Continuum ^ | 2/24/2009 | The Rev. Robert Hart
    Fellow priests, please remember the words are "Remember, O Man, that thou art dust; and unto dust shalt thou return." This is to said whether the ashes are being imposed on a man or a woman or a child. The word "Man" for the fallen children of Adam, in whom all are dead, to be delivered only by the Lord, the Second Man and Last Adam. Each member of the fallen human race, that race called Man or Adam, is told the first half, the bad news. We say these words and receive them in anticipation of Easter that...
  • Other Christians embrace Lent: "We are reclaiming a sense of history"

    02/25/2009 11:27:24 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 5,070+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | February 24, 2009 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    As we get ready for another Ash Wednesday, and another 40-day sojourn into the desert, the Arkansas Catholic has this intriguing item reminding us that Lent is not just a Catholic thing anymore: Beginning Ash Wednesday, Catholics enter the 40-day penitential season of Lent, but they are not the only Christians to do so. In fact, a growing number of Christian denominations are incorporating Lenten observances into their Christian experience. "In some denominations we are reclaiming a sense of history," Dr. Jane Harris, professor of American religion at Hendrix College in Conway, said. "We can still be Protestant yet claim...
  • "Aware of an Idol" (Sermon on the Ten Commandments, for Ash Wednesday)

    02/25/2009 8:36:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies · 702+ views
    February 25, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Aware of an Idol (The Ten Commandments)As we noted, today we begin the season of Lent. In church history, and particularly in our Lutheran tradition, there are several major themes associated with Lent, which often form the basis for services within this season. For example, penitence, repentance, is certainly a Lenten theme, and especially is that so on this first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday. Another Lenten focus is the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, drawn from all four gospels or from just one gospel. Tracking the Passion narrative often is done over a series of midweek Lenten services--we...
  • The Day After Fat Tuesday [Ash Wednesday, Beginning of Lent]

    02/22/2009 11:03:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies · 1,328+ views
    Catholic ^ | February 21, 2009 | Matthew Warner
    The Day After Fat Tuesday February 21st, 2009 by Matthew Warner The day after Fat Tuesdaybegins with suffering and self-sacrifice for many peoplesuffering from a hangover and a sacrificing of much needed sleep in order to make it to work on time. Somehow, I think many of us might be missing the point. For many, Fat Tuesday (English for Mardi Gras) seems to be just another reason to stay out late, drink heavily, expose ourselves, and commit all types of RAI (Random Acts of Immorality). And somehow its all excused because hey its Mardi Gras!Nobody likes to poop on a...
  • Telling the Pope He Is Dust: Cardinal Shares Experience

    02/07/2008 6:26:25 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 608+ views
    ZNS ^ | February 6, 2008 | Marta Lago
    VATICAN CITY, FEB. 6, 2008 ( The cardinal who administered ashes to Benedict XVI today says the exhortations that accompany the rite are not easy to say to a Pope.Cardinal Jozef Tomko, cardinal-priest of the Basilica of Santa Sabina where the Bishop of Rome celebrated this evening's Ash Wednesday Mass, has been the prelate who administers ashes to the Pontiff for the last 12 years. He receives this task because he was assigned the cardinal titular church where the Pontiff traditionally celebrates Mass for the beginning of Lent. Like all Catholics, the Holy Father receives the ashes while the one...
  • More Protestants turn to Ash Wednesday

    02/06/2008 6:07:23 AM PST · by NYer · 49 replies · 570+ views
    Chron ^ | February 6, 2008 | RICHARD VARA
    Roman Catholics grow up hearing the words on Ash Wednesday as they receive a sign of the cross in ashes on their foreheads:"For dust you are and to dust you will return."But Christians at many Protestant churches around the city will be hearing those words from Genesis 3:19 today as they, too, are marked by ashes on the first day of Lent, the 40-day somber season leading to Easter.Protestant churches in recent years have increasingly turned to the rite to increase spirituality and devotional preparation for Easter Sunday among their members."There is a trend ... toward more sacramental forms and...
  • On the Lenten Journey

    02/06/2008 7:21:33 PM PST · by ELS · 1 replies · 566+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 6, 2008 | Benedict XVI
    On the Lenten Journey "A Spiritual Retreat That Lasts 40 Days" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 6, 2008 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today, Ash Wednesday, at the general audience in Paul VI Hall. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin again our Lenten journey as we do every year, with a more intense spirit of prayer and reflection, of penance and of fasting. We are entering into a very "intense" liturgical season that, while preparing us for the celebration of Easter -- the heart of the Church calendar and of...
  • "Renewed in Practicing Your Righteousness" (Sermon for Ash Wednesday)

    02/06/2008 2:48:49 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies · 86+ views
    February 6, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    Renewed in Practicing Your Righteousness (Matt. 6:1-6, 16-21)Every year the church has a season of renewal, and its called Lent. Today, Ash Wednesday, is the first day of Lent, the first of forty days. During this time of year, the sun is getting stronger, the days are getting longer. Thats how Lent got its name, by the way. This is when the days lengthen, and so its called the Lenten season. And just as Lent begins in the dead of winter and presses forward into spring, so the Lord will bring his people from deadness to life, from coldness to...
  • Candlemass and Ashes

    02/01/2008 8:34:41 AM PST · by lightman · 12 replies · 662+ views
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 1 February 2007 | Rev. J. Thomas Shelley, STS
    The change has been slow, yet unrelenting. Since the Winter Solstice, the suns setting has daily delayed, if even by one minute, so that journeys and chores once completed in darkness now are accompanied by brilliant twilight. Yet, even as this change in evenings day length has been progressing, mornings remain as dark and foreboding as they had a month before. Morning journeys and chores are still completed in darkness. The morning darkness has been unrelenting and slow to change. But as January ends the mornings too will brighten. With increasing rapidity the sunrise will advance, first by five minutes...
  • Being Catholic: Sacred Things, Ashes

    04/22/2007 8:37:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies · 1,277+ views ^ | n/a |
    Ashes Ecclesiasticus 7:40 "In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin." In the 17th. c., a style of painting known as "vanitas painting" became popular (see above). This style included elements that represented temporal bounty - flowers, fruits, etc., and symbols of riches, such as gold and jewels. These gorgeous gifts from God were then juxtaposed with symbols that showed the reality of death, usually a skull, or an hourglasses that symbolized the passage of time. The point of this style is the moral of which Ecclesiasticus 1 reminds us, "What profit hath a...
  • Meat, Facebook or olives: What did you give up for Lent?

    03/07/2007 4:24:40 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 94 replies · 1,489+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 7, 2007 | RICHARD 'DOPEY' ROEPER Sun-Times Columnist
    Back in the day when virtually every Catholic kid and teenager gave up meat on Fridays for Lent, there were always a couple of holier-than-Richie types who took it to the next level. They'd give up Dr Pepper. Or watching "Happy Days." Or listening to the soundtrack for "Saturday Night Fever." Real sacrifices of the time. These days, how much of a sacrifice is it to give up meat on Fridays? There are millions upon millions of Catholics who don't even eat meat anyway. For them, abstaining from burgers, pork chops and steaks is about as difficult as giving up...
  • Bomb squad called after CD players blast 'pornographic messages' at Ash Wednesday Mass in New Mexico

    03/01/2007 12:55:52 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 11 replies · 461+ views
    <p>Three CD players hidden under a cathedral's pews blared sexually explicit language in the middle of an Ash Wednesday Mass, leading a bomb squad to detonate two of the devices.</p>
  • A Service of Penitence and Devotion

    02/22/2007 4:11:20 PM PST · by Titanites · 4 replies · 179+ views
    Calvin Institute of Christian Worship ^ | 1987 / 1993 | Harry Boonstra
    Ash Wednesday2 Peter 1:3-5, 23-25 The Lenten Season really begins on Ash Wednesday. Perhaps your congregation has a long history (or a short one) of marking Ash Wednesday. Or perhaps you have not observed it previously and wonder about beginning it this year. We recommend it as a very rich and meaningful way to begin the Lenten season. To answer questions you or others in your church may have about the tradition, we are reproducing excerpts from articles written by Harry Boonstra that appeared in Reformed Worship 6 (December 1987) and 30 (December 1993). Reprinted by permission of CRC...
  • My First Ash Wednesday

    02/22/2007 3:48:18 PM PST · by Titanites · 3 replies · 230+ views
    Reformed Worship ^ | December 1987 | Harry Boonstra
    by Harry Boonstra Issue #6 Grace Episcopal Church is very quiet when I enter at 9:20. In fact, even though the service is to start at 9:30, I am the only person in the sanctuary. A few minutes later several more people show, but it turns out the big service will be in the evening. (After the soup supper. Ah! even Episcopalians must be urged with food. But during Lent?) I had hoped to slip unobtrusively into a pew in the back and be more observer than participant in my first Ash Wednesday service. But the service is being held...
  • 'Pornographic' Recordings Disrupt Mass (Santa Fe, NM)

    02/22/2007 6:58:16 AM PST · by CedarDave · 64 replies · 1,798+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 22, 2007 | Kate Wilson
    Worshipers were interrupted during an Ash Wednesday service at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis by a trio of hidden CD players spewing "pornographic" messages from beneath pews. Three CD players had been duct-taped beneath the pews and rigged to go off at 12:20 p.m., Santa Fe Police Capt. Gary Johnson said. An Ash Wednesday service was being conducted at the time, and Johnson said responding officers described the messages to him as pornographic, although he wouldn't go into detail about their content. The cathedral staff found and removed the three CD players, then called police while church-goers evacuated the...