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Ash Wednesday?
« on: February 10, 2016, 08:26:44 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2016, 08:30:02 PM »
Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2016, 08:34:35 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2016, 08:41:19 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.

Hopefully you at least celebrated Mardi Gras. 

When I went to Catholic School I remember always making fun of my friends with Ash smudges.  Usually, in my sophistication, I played off the word ash in inappropriate ways if I remember correctly.

Unfortunately I don't think I got made fun of for for anything specifically Orthodox.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 08:45:41 PM by William T »
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2016, 08:47:49 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.

Hopefully you at least celebrated Mardi Gras. 

When I went to Catholic School I remember always making fun of my friends with Ash smudges.  Usually, in my sophistication, I played off the word ash in inappropriate ways.

I did celebrate Mardi Gras I guess - I had macaroni and cheese last night (my favorite dinner).  Does that count?

I have bangs - no one ever sees my smudge - but I know it is there and that is all that matters!   :)

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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2016, 08:53:00 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.

Hopefully you at least celebrated Mardi Gras. 

When I went to Catholic School I remember always making fun of my friends with Ash smudges.  Usually, in my sophistication, I played off the word ash in inappropriate ways.

I did celebrate Mardi Gras I guess - I had macaroni and cheese last night (my favorite dinner).  Does that count?

I have bangs - no one ever sees my smudge - but I know it is there and that is all that matters!   :)

I think you just struck out at being Catholic. You didn't celebrate Mardi Gras, you hide your smudge, and you missed the fast.  I think you've just punched your ticket to purgatory.

If you tell me you didn't watch The Bells of St Mary's this Christmas, you may fall into limbo.

You're lucky I'm not judging you for skipping pancakes on Tuesday and eating that near heretical macaroni (at least is Italian).
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 09:01:35 PM by William T »
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2016, 09:02:57 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.

Hopefully you at least celebrated Mardi Gras. 

When I went to Catholic School I remember always making fun of my friends with Ash smudges.  Usually, in my sophistication, I played off the word ash in inappropriate ways.

I did celebrate Mardi Gras I guess - I had macaroni and cheese last night (my favorite dinner).  Does that count?

I have bangs - no one ever sees my smudge - but I know it is there and that is all that matters!   :)

I think you just struck out at being Catholic. You didn't celebrate Mardi Gras, you hide your smudge, and you missed the fast.  I think you've just punched your ticket to purgatory.

If you tell me you didn't watch The Bells of St Mary's this Christmas, you may fall into limbo.

You're lucky I'm not judging you for skipping pancakes on Tuesday and eating that near heretical macaroni.

Whoa, let's slow down here a second... I have mardi gras beads hanging in the car, rear view mirror, along with a rosary.

It's all good.   ;)

And I have never seen the Bells of St. Mary - isn't that Bing Crosby?  I watch a lot of Fellini around Christmas - I think that counts too.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 09:10:23 PM by christiane777 »
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2016, 09:04:59 PM »
And yes, lent is oddly enjoyable and very spiritual and joyous...even though I'm awful at it.
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2016, 09:08:37 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.

Hopefully you at least celebrated Mardi Gras. 

When I went to Catholic School I remember always making fun of my friends with Ash smudges.  Usually, in my sophistication, I played off the word ash in inappropriate ways.

I did celebrate Mardi Gras I guess - I had macaroni and cheese last night (my favorite dinner).  Does that count?

I have bangs - no one ever sees my smudge - but I know it is there and that is all that matters!   :)

I think you just struck out at being Catholic. You didn't celebrate Mardi Gras, you hide your smudge, and you missed the fast.  I think you've just punched your ticket to purgatory.

If you tell me you didn't watch The Bells of St Mary's this Christmas, you may fall into limbo.

You're lucky I'm not judging you for skipping pancakes on Tuesday and eating that near heretical macaroni.

Whoa, let's slow down here a second... I have mardi gras beads hanging in the car, rear view mirror, along with a rosary.

It's all good.   ;)

Maybe I shouldn't say this, but my friend who is Irish as it gets calls Ash Wed communion "hair of the dog" .
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 09:09:54 PM by William T »
“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord."

"And The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth"

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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2016, 09:13:27 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.

Hopefully you at least celebrated Mardi Gras. 

When I went to Catholic School I remember always making fun of my friends with Ash smudges.  Usually, in my sophistication, I played off the word ash in inappropriate ways.

I did celebrate Mardi Gras I guess - I had macaroni and cheese last night (my favorite dinner).  Does that count?

I have bangs - no one ever sees my smudge - but I know it is there and that is all that matters!   :)

I think you just struck out at being Catholic. You didn't celebrate Mardi Gras, you hide your smudge, and you missed the fast.  I think you've just punched your ticket to purgatory.

If you tell me you didn't watch The Bells of St Mary's this Christmas, you may fall into limbo.

You're lucky I'm not judging you for skipping pancakes on Tuesday and eating that near heretical macaroni.

Whoa, let's slow down here a second... I have mardi gras beads hanging in the car, rear view mirror, along with a rosary.

It's all good.   ;)

Maybe I shouldn't say this, but my friend who is Irish as it gets calls Ash Wed communion "hair of the dog" .

I rarely actually understand the Irish though I am one, partly anyway, and they are in my family. 
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2016, 09:23:23 PM »

My boss had a smudge on his forehead today....it was all I could not to keep staring it...and not laughing when people unfamiliar with the tradition, kept coming up to him and letting him know there was something on his forehead!  LOL!

...it didn't help that in his stressful day, I watched as he rubbed his forehead...and made the whole thing worse.  :D
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2016, 09:39:53 PM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.

Hopefully you at least celebrated Mardi Gras. 

When I went to Catholic School I remember always making fun of my friends with Ash smudges.  Usually, in my sophistication, I played off the word ash in inappropriate ways.

I did celebrate Mardi Gras I guess - I had macaroni and cheese last night (my favorite dinner).  Does that count?

I have bangs - no one ever sees my smudge - but I know it is there and that is all that matters!   :)

I think you just struck out at being Catholic. You didn't celebrate Mardi Gras, you hide your smudge, and you missed the fast.  I think you've just punched your ticket to purgatory.

If you tell me you didn't watch The Bells of St Mary's this Christmas, you may fall into limbo.

You're lucky I'm not judging you for skipping pancakes on Tuesday and eating that near heretical macaroni.

Whoa, let's slow down here a second... I have mardi gras beads hanging in the car, rear view mirror, along with a rosary.

It's all good.   ;)

Maybe I shouldn't say this, but my friend who is Irish as it gets calls Ash Wed communion "hair of the dog" .

I rarely actually understand the Irish though I am one, partly anyway, and they are in my family.

I.don't understand Syrians.  All I know is I get yelled at a lot,  when we read books or deal cards it's backwards, and if certain rhythms and scales hit I get swept up in a dabke line watching 80 year old women belly dance.

So far that's all I understand in life, and it took me over 30 years to figure that out.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2016, 09:43:56 PM by William T »
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2016, 11:27:19 PM »
As a former Catholic it is kinda surreal, but for the most part if just feels like a regular Wednesday.
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2016, 01:33:37 AM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy. Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?

Yep, getting mine tonight.  Though it is always just a charcoal colored smudge by the time I remember to check it out in the mirror.  I was supposed to fast, but have not done that.   ::) 

I actually like Lent for some bizarre reason.  A time to really think about, live your faith.

Hopefully you at least celebrated Mardi Gras. 

When I went to Catholic School I remember always making fun of my friends with Ash smudges.  Usually, in my sophistication, I played off the word ash in inappropriate ways.

I did celebrate Mardi Gras I guess - I had macaroni and cheese last night (my favorite dinner).  Does that count?

I have bangs - no one ever sees my smudge - but I know it is there and that is all that matters!   :)

Playing Bingo, does that count?   ;D

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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2016, 01:35:13 AM »

My boss had a smudge on his forehead today....it was all I could not to keep staring it...and not laughing when people unfamiliar with the tradition, kept coming up to him and letting him know there was something on his forehead!  LOL!

...it didn't help that in his stressful day, I watched as he rubbed his forehead...and made the whole thing worse.  :D

Somehow I like the idea of identifying one's self as a Christian on Ash Wednesday..... We don't do this but it is an outward sign of our faith and I kind of like this idea

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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2016, 01:49:48 AM »
Is showing your tits a Christian thing to do on Mardi Gras, as long as you have ash on your forehead and beads 'round your neck?


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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2016, 02:09:10 AM »
No that's the secularist / college kids hijacking of a good time.  Frankly, I hate going out on nights like that anyway....we always called them "amateur nights".  Mardi Gras specifically was annoying, because usually I would be bartending on a peaceful night with no idea what day it was, and some random group would come in for less than one drink at 1am and make my life a living nightmare while I was in shock and awe why I was dealing with such things on a Tuesday.  At least I knew when St. Pat's was coming up. Mardi Gras is sneaky, it's the Columbus Day of amateur nights, it always sneaks up on you and finds a way to frustrate you.
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2016, 02:39:46 AM »
Tending bar in a college town sucks.
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2016, 04:03:06 AM »
Mardi Gras in the UK = Pancake Day. Foolproof fun.
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2016, 04:36:08 AM »
Mardi Gras in the UK = Pancake Day. Foolproof fun.

Pancakes serve as pasties?
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2016, 05:01:01 AM »
I guess it's Ash Wednesday today?  I noticed people with their ash crosses. That's crazy.
I've heard in some counries the ash is put on the foreheads in the shape of cross, but I've never seen this, since in Poland the ash is put on the top of the head, and, is somebody asks for it, into prayerbook or Bible too.


And the ashes come from burned palms from the previous Palm Sunday.


Is this the maximum distance between our Easter dates?
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Re: Ash Wednesday?
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2016, 05:18:27 AM »
Mardi Gras in the UK = Pancake Day. Foolproof fun.

Pancakes serve as pasties?

No, they are served as yumminess. A much better idea than trying to go nekkid in February.
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