Ash Wednesday Excerpt: Giving Up

In Giving Up, I relate a moment from a particularly memorable Ash Wednesday. Other memories of this solemn service have been more somber, but none more soberly illustrates our 'selfie culture' or the need we have for this Lenten season that can draw us out of ourselves—if only we will let it. A few years ago, I led the Ash Wednesday [...]

Ash Wednesday, A Collect Reflection

This post is part of a series on the Collects of the Christian Year (ACNA), called “Collect Reflections.” If you’re just jumping in, make sure to check out the introductory post, “Announcing Collect Reflections.” All Collect Reflection posts can be found here. Ash Wednesday Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are [...]

By |2020-02-25T18:23:19-06:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

How to Lent and Why: Questions for an Anglican Priest

Lent is about to kick us in the seats of our pants soon, when it darkens our foreheads, and then takes away our chocolates. Not to mention causing us to face our privilege by helping others and then making us read the Church Fathers in the original Latin or Greek. (I made that last part up). So what is this [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:38:09-06:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Are we really only dust in the wind?

Reposted from a previous year. Also, check out LeaderWorks where the author blogs. On Wednesday clergy around the world will draw a cross-shaped smudge of dark black ashes on the foreheads of millions of people. It is the ancient rite of The Imposition of Ashes which signals the start of Lent. The words that accompany the ‘imposition’ on Ash Wednesday [...]

By |2019-01-10T16:54:18-06:00February 27th, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism, For Pastors|Tags: , |6 Comments

A Bridge to the Season of Lent

Next week Christians around the world will turn their hearts and minds–and foreheads–to Ash Wednesday. Inside seven days of Ash Wednesdays, people begin pondering and discussing what their Lenten practices will be this year. Worship pastors and musicians select hymns and worship songs to ensure we have plenty of ‘alleluias’ before that word of praise goes silent for forty days. [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:38:14-06:00February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Last Minute Instructions for Lent

Lent is drawing near! The word “Lent” comes from the Old English lencten, meaning spring-time, when the days lengthen. You’ve probably already noticed that! Lent covers the 40 days, excluding Sundays, before the great Paschal Feast of Easter, which is always celebrated in the Western Church on the First Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox, then [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:40:49-06:00February 8th, 2016|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Ash Wednesday: Are You Really Only Dust in the Wind?

On Ash Wednesday, clergy around the world will draw a cross-shaped smudge of dark black ashes on the foreheads of millions of people. It is the ancient rite of The Imposition of Ashes which signals the start of Lent. The words that accompany the ‘imposition’ on Ash Wednesday are simple, sober, and true.  Over the years I have said them to thousands [...]

Anglican Ash Wednesday: Catholic or Reformed?

I want to take you back with me to the year 1548. It is the year before the very first Book of Common Prayer, and it is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. For many centuries you and your family have come into the church the day before to have your confession heard, and on this day, you have come to receive [...]

By |2019-04-04T15:43:13-05:00February 17th, 2015|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: |2 Comments

Ash Wednesday

What is Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the forty days of Lent. Christians have been preparing for the celebration of Easter by walking through a “Holy Lent” since ancient times. This is patterned after Jesus temptation in the wilderness. Lent is a season of repentance, fasting, and self-reflection. Of course, all of this happens with the sure [...]

By |2019-01-04T22:47:48-06:00March 5th, 2014|Categories: Anglicanism|Tags: , |2 Comments
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