Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pic Today 3/9/11




THOSE AREN'T DIRTY FOREHEADS
YOU SEE TODAY . . .

IT'S JUST "ASH WEDNESDAY"

Most of us know Ash Wednesday follows Mardi Gras,
and it marks a time of repentance.

You may not know it's a western Christian tradition
practiced in church once a year, marking the beginning of Lent:
40 days of fasting and sacrifice with ends on Easter Sunday.

Ashes are rubbed on the foreheads of the faithful
as a personal expression of sorrow for sins & faults.
(Ashes were used throughout Biblical history
as a way to express mourning.)

Ashes are customarily the burned palm crosses
from the previous year's Palm Sunday celebration.

This is one of the rare holidays through the calendar year
which has no retail tie-in or Hallmark Card for sale.
(Refreshing, don't you think?)


6 comments:

  1. Imagenes de una confirmación, hacía mucho tiempo que no veia instantaneas como estás, buen reportaje amigo Rick, un abrazo

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  2. ho assistito una volta a una cosa siomile in messico..
    belle foto, mi fanno venire i brividi, la misticitá della religione

    saludos

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  3. Muy curioso el reportaje, me ha gustado!
    Saludos Rick.

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  4. at boarding school we used to have to make the palms for Palm Sunday and walked around with ash on our heads all day, memories! great shots.

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  5. I like this sacral atmosphere!!!

    xx Ilka

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  6. I love this kind of post, so interesting and the pictures are beautiful. xx Rick

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