(Closed) ash wednesday

posted 7 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

Yup. I’m Catholic. The church was open for ashes from I think noon to six with mass at six and a prayer service at 4:30.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m also Catholic, so we definitely do. It’s the perfect way to kick off Lent! If you check “Ash Wednesday” on Wikipedia, they have a list of denominations that celebrate it.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

It’s actually a holy day of obligation so Catholic churches have to celebrate Ash Wednesday.  Well, that and Catholic churches usually have Mass every single day.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@CatholicBee: Actually, Ash Wednesday is not a holy day of obligation- at least not in the United States. I only know this because I looked it up earelier today, though- I initially thought it was, too! I think it’s a day Catholics are strongly encouraged to attend, to kick off Lent, but we’re not required to go under pain of sin. (Note: My source is the USCCB- so not sure how this applies to other countries!)

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@CatholicBee: A lot of people think Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation, but in fact it’s not.  I always thought it was growing up, though.

I really like the symbolism behind the ashes, and think it’s a great way to start out the season of Lent, which is probably why so many people attend the services.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We actually had 4 services at my Catholic church (I think – two full masses and two services) and the 6:30 service was packed!  It was good to see!  I smell like oil.  I like that smell. 🙂

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My church never has.It’s not even mentioned. But I think it’s a lovely idea and I think I’m going to try this year to hold to a sacrifice. It’s hard when you aren’t raised to it and no one is holding you accountable, but I will try. Just cleaned my house and my car as one aspect of my committment (to be cleaner/neater/more organized and not let things sit–so I guess I’m giving up slothfulness). 🙂 It is a funny thing though since most of the things we give up are things we really ought to never do to begin with, but anyway.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m Catholic so obviously yes. FH’s parents switched churches a few months ago, they are Southern Baptist and have never celebrated Ash Wednesday at their old church. Their new church does.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@kala_way: Some people give up their vices, but a lot of people give up something that is neutral, like TV. It’s more of a fast than a resolution. 

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