Busted Halo
feature: religion & spirituality
February 22nd, 2012

What’s With the Ash?

Asking young adults why they attend church on Ash Wednesday


Every year on Ash Wednesday, Catholic churches are filled with people receiving ashes. More people attend church on this day than on any other throughout the year.

We hit the steps outside of New York City’s St. Paul the Apostle Church to ask young adults why they made the effort to get out of bed early and receive their ashes before their work and school days began.

Care to find out more about Ash Wednesday? Check out our video: Ash Wednesday in Two Minutes.

If you need help this Lent with your fasting, praying and almsgiving, visit our Fast Pray Give Calendar every day. And check out Phil Fox Rose’s latest column, What Are You Giving Up for Lent?, for a serious challenge to consider.

Originally published on March 10, 2011.

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  • Megan

    I teach religious studies at a Catholic university. Yesterday I asked my students, “so what do the ashes represent?” And would you believe it? Not a one of them knew the answer — even the ones with ash on their foreheads. Sigh.

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