ash wednesday sacrilege

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

ash wednesday sacrilege

ok, so hopefully not sacrilege, but we should never take ourselves too seriously.

so, today, in fact, is ash wednesday, and i thought i would drop in for a quick little fun post. on a serious note, ash wednesday is something that’s only been on my radar for a few years. i grew up in a faith tradition that didn’t even acknowledge the concept of ash wednesday. unfortunately, anything that even slightly appeared to be catholic-related was viewed—to recycle the term—as sacrilege. that’s sad and that’s why, over the last several years, i’ve had a newfound interest in some of the ancient spiritual practices that date back to the early catholic church.
i was planning on practicing lent by giving something up, but at the last minute, i decided against it. i won’t go into all the details, but i just decided i was going to do it for the wrong reasons. the thing that my faith tradition tends to rail about regarding catholicism—empty ritual—is the very thing that i was going to do, so i decided to wait until another time to do it from my heart and not as some kind of religious conquest.
ok, before this gets way too serious…here’s the sacrilege i promised. 🙂
a friend posted an ecard from a site called someecards. just the thought of ecards is lame, but it only took about 2 seconds of looking around the site to realize how hilarious these things are. they just put out a series of lent ecards and they’re pretty hysterical. i’ve joked around using the word “sacrilege,” but as i eluded to, this is just a reminder that we don’t need to take ourselves too seriously. so, here they are. enjoy.


  1. Jesse says:

    1.) I love someeccards.

    2.) I wish I would have thought to invite you to the Ash Wednesday service I attended.

    3.) This year is the first year I’m being sacraficial for Lent. I haven’t been in the past but I’m jumping on the bandwagon this year.

    I think most southern (regional not denominational) batists have no inclination as to what Lent is all about. And we’re starting to see a new interest in the Lenten (and Advent) seasons with in the “emergent” church folks.

    Many of the older folks/ previous generation of church folks in the baptist world are hostile to the idea of recognizing Lent. I’m not sure why but I think it’s tied to hostilities against the Catholic faith.

  2. m-m-m-melissa says:

    ha ha ha ha! the ecards are hilarious. i gave up beer for lent. i am not catholic. but you know what? it was good excuse to give up beer. does that make me sacreligious? perhaps. will it also make me 10lbs lighter? here’s hoping.

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