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March 10th, 2011

Show Us Your Ash 2011

Busted Halo's Third Annual Ash Wednesday Challenge

 
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show-us-your-ash-2011-flashIt’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. Your heart sinks as you 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?” Then you’re at the altar, offering your own forehead as a canvas for an overzealous finger painter…

You did it Busted Halo readers, you showed us your ash!

Our third annual Ash Wednesday Challenge was a huge success with over 100 ash photos coming in. And now it’s time to vote.

All the photos are available in our “Show Us Your Ash Photo Contest 2011″ Facebook photo album.  Just visit the link, click on the photo you wish to vote for and “Like” it.  The person who submitted the photo that receives the most “Likes” will win a prize and we’ll add everyone who sent us a picture to the running for our Lenten contest grand prize, an Apple iPad.

May the best ash photo win!

Every day of Lent, our Fast Pray Give Lenten Calendar will feature a Daily Jolt of spiritual contemplation relating to Lent, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving. And for visiting the calendar and answering a question, there are weekly and daily prizes, and the grand prize iPad.

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  • Debbie

    I am a Eucharistic Minister, and so got to distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday. Ashes are trickier than you’d think. The first person in line was a Catechumen, and I dribbled ashes all down her nose. When I tried to brush it off, I made things much worse: she had a cross on her forehead and a black nose. By the last person in line, I was getting pretty good at ash smearing!

  • Jin Park

    Dr. Eric!
    You look so great!*^^*

  • Joe Williams

    Hi Blanca – unfortunately we were only taking submissions for voting through the end of Thursday night. However, you can still send your photo to ashes@bustedhalo.com and we will post it here with the others. – THE EDITORS

  • Blanca

    Is it too late to submit my photo? =/

  • Elizabeth Glass Turner

    Many evangelical Protestants also participate in Ash Wednesday. In addition to high church traditions like Anglicans, many “evangelical” United Methodists and other groups observe Ash Wednesday. Even some denominations with revivalistic origins are returning to the practice, like Free Methodists, Wesleyans, and Nazarenes. There is a large trend in returning to fasting for Lent among these groups as well.

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  • Elizabeth Glass Turner

    Many evangelical Protestants also participate in Ash Wednesday. In addition to high church traditions like Anglicans, many “evangelical” United Methodists and other groups observe Ash Wednesday. Even some denominations with revivalistic origins are returning to the practice, like Free Methodists, Wesleyans, and Nazarenes. There is a large trend in returning to fasting for Lent among these groups as well.

    http:/www.thethreadbarecouch.com

  • Andrea

    I remember when ‘Passion of the Christ’ was released on Ash Wed. When it ended I turned around & saw a packed thearer full of faces marked with smudged crosses. It was moving.

  • Chris

    Debbie: No it most definitely is not a sin to wash the ash off.

  • brittany

    katie the ash shots should be up by tomorrow but if you want to see some go look on the busted halo facebook fan page facebook-dot-com-/bustedhalo

  • patty

    Joe Biden’s ash on tv …

  • katie

    where can i see all the pics?

  • debbie k

    IF I can get someone to take my photo I will gladly Show you my Ash. It is now 11:35 a.m. here in Northern California.The ash on my forehead is now 4 hours old and still apread from side to side and up and down from my widow’s peak to rt. between my eyebrows. Yes Monsignor was very zealous this morning!!!!
    Is it really a sin to was them off????

  • Sue

    To Angela,

    Yes–most mainline Protestants, other than Baptists, do similar thing on Ash Wednesday, including Episcopal, Methodist, Lutheran, Reformed (including Presbyterians), African Methodist Episcopal (“AME”) churches. Most evangelicals do not.

  • Mrs. JJA

    This is why I go to evening Mass on Ash Wednesday. ;)

    I remember one Ash Wednesday standing high up in a choir loft looking down on the ashen laden and thinking, omg! I admit it was hard not to chuckle. :)

  • Angela from Texas

    Dont some Protestants also have Ash Wednesday?

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