Monday, February 11, 2013

Ash Wednesday

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As you all know, I am becoming Catholic this Easter.  While not a Holy Day of Obligation, Ash Wednesday is a very important day to Catholics.

AND other Christians.  If you're a Catholic reader you may not realize that the imposition of ashes is not exclusive to Catholics.  If you're a Protestant reader you may also not realize that the imposition of ashes is not exclusive to Catholics.  There are a lot of practices that evangelical Protestants and Catholics do not realize are not just "Catholic things" and are actually shared with mainline Protestants (Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans).  One of my biggest pet peeves relates to misunderstandings about Catholics and Protestants, but that's another post for another day.

For today I'd just like to share this really great little video that explains what Lent is all about for Christians from traditions that do not observe Lent (like Baptists).  Hopefully it will help you to understand why we do what we do.  (It does have flawed information about the Lone Ranger*)

And look out for your fellow Christians Wednesday with the smudges on their foreheads and give them the super-special handshake when you see 'em!  For more Little HolyDays, click the photo above!



*The Lone Ranger was "lone" not because he worked on his own independently (note, Tonto was his faithful companion and friend, not sidekick). He was "lone" because he was the only one of a large group of Texas Rangers who survived an ambush. Also, Tonto was "lone" before he met the Ranger because he had no tribe. They were "lone" by circumstance and not choice. Together, they relied on one another to help others.

2 comments:

  1. What an awesome video! Even as a Catholic, sometimes we forget all the different meanings that Ash Wednesday encompasses, so this was a great refresher :)

    Thanks for linking up with Little HolyDays, and congratulations on soon becoming a Catholic!

    Hannah

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! My brother showed me that video last year and I just thought it was so great.

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