Many Episcopal parishes, along with other Christian in other communities, have begun to engage in a practice known as Ashes to Go. The idea is to go out into the world and bring something of the uniqueness of the Gospel to people in their busy lives.Read more
We’ve all seen the diocesan responses to the Valentine’s day/ Ash Wednesday dilemma — celebrate on Shrove Tuesday, do penance on Ash Wednesday, they say. Brian Flanagan has a better both/and solution.Read more
Given the history of Ash Wednesday’s emergence and various morphings over the centuries as a ritual-symbol inaugurating a season of penitence, I simply do not see why, in the Roman Catholic Church, at least, the most apt liturgy would not be based on the sample penitential services (basically, liturgies of the word) found at the end of the Rite of Penance.Read more
The monk wakes up on Wednesday and has a full breakfast…Read more
The Gregorian chant introit of Ash Wednesday, and the introit and communio of I Lent, from the abbey-university Mass.Read more
by Andrew Cameron-Mowat, SJ.
“The Prayer over the People from which this phrase comes was heard for the first time at the end of Mass on Ash Wednesday this February. The prayer illustrates two of the issues that have emerged from the use of the new translation of the Missal…”
“We have two entrances and one exit,” Rev. Patricia Cook said. “So we should be able to do this fairly quickly.”Read more
This year, I will be joining many Episcopal priests in taking the public witness of Ash Wednesday one step further. On Wednesday, my colleague Catherine Caimano and I will put on cassocks and surplices, and go to a corner near Duke University Hospital with small containers of ashes and copies of a litany of repentance from the Book of Common Prayer. We will offer “the imposition of ashes” to people in the street.Read more
“The Church does not recognize the child’s ability deliberately to commit sin that is in need of repentance until the age of ‘reason’ (age 7).”Read more
Repentance. Renewal. Community.
Praying. Fasting. Giving.
Almost seems too easy, no?