School Mass was this morning before bible study so most of the ladies went. They got huge black crosses! Never seen anything like it! They said the ashes were very moist. I'm hoping they dry out a little before hubby and I go to Mass tonight. Wishing you a spiritually profitable Lent!
The huge crosses are kind of cool though - they remind me of Francis in 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon'.
A woman with a sad expression and a Polish accent literally grabbed me in the aisle of the grocery store where I went after getting thoroughly marked. "Ashes! Ashes! I need to get them," she said. I gave her directions to my church. Shook me up a bit. She was so intense.
Very seriously, it is a wonderful sign for all who encounter someone with ashes on their forehead.
I went to the Mass at my son's school for the ashes. While I was there, the police gave me a ticket for illegally parking on the street. Parking tickets here are rare as hen's teeth.I went immediately to pay my fine with the ashes on my forehead. Being in Philippines, I expected to see lots of crosses on foreheads. Sadly, it's not as prevalent as it once was.
That seems so unfair.
Ashes on the forehead always seemed to be in direct contradiction to the Gospel read on Ash Wednesday. Odd.
A girl at work had ashes and made a point of telling everyone that her protestant church had never done that before but made a point because she wanted to do something special for Valentine's day so did a derv8ce with a meditation on ashes.
Something special for Valentine's day - you should have told her she's almost Catholic and is ready to go straight to confession.
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