It’s a seasonal hazard — you decide to stop by church on Ash Wednesday to get the obligatory ashes on your forehead. You get in line with everybody else. Then you notice people returning to their seats sporting enormous, indeterminate blobs of soot and realize you’re going to go back to work with a gigantic ad on your forehead that might as well say: “Interested in knowing more about Catholicism?”
Thank you to all the Busted Halo readers who participated in our fourth annual ash contest last week. We used a new web app this year, which allowed you to upload and vote for images on both our site and our Facebook page. You chose the overall winner from the 139 photos submitted, and the editors gave out some special category honors.
So, without further ado, the prize-winning 2012 Best Ash, as voted by you, goes to…
Click the image above or any of the category winners below to enjoy a slide show of them all, and scroll down the page to see all the wonderful entries. Come back every day to our Fast Pray Give Lent calendar for a Daily Jolt of spiritual contemplation relating to Lent, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving. And for filling out a form, we’ll sign you up in a contest for weekly prizes and a grand prize iPad 2.