(RNS) I’ve never taken ashes before, because I didn’t want anyone to judge me for my beliefs. I didn’t want anyone to see. But this year will be different. For the first time, I will show up at church for services, step up to the pastor and present my forehead for the mark.
(RNS) Lent isn't in the Bible, and neither is Ash Wednesday. So where did they come from? Let us 'splain ...
“Ashes to Go” has taken Ash Wednesday outdoors since 2007 and has become an international and interdenominational way to mark the start of Lent.
What are Mormons missing when we ignore Ash Wednesday and Lent, or avoid visual depictions of the cross?
A former atheist in San Francisco decides to step out of her church and take Ash Wednesday to the streets.
(RNS) Everything you need to know about Ash Wednesday, which kicks off the 40-day period of reflection, penance and fasting in Lent.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) In his first public comments since his surprise retirement announcement, Pope Benedict XVI asked Catholics for support and prayers to support him “in these days which are not easy for me.”
The priests who offer ashes in public on Ash Wednesday are not doing something for the sake of convenience or expediency; Rather, we will be in public, with our prayers and our crosses of ash, to meet the Christ who died in a public place. By Lauren Winner.
CHICAGO (RNS) At least 49 Episcopal churches in 12 states will offer ashes to passersby on Ash Wednesday at train stations, bus stops, college campuses and busy intersections. "We live in a time where we can’t just sit back and wait for people to come to us," said Bishop Stacy Sauls. By Piet Levy.
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