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    Feb 21, 2012 4:45 PM GMT
    How many of u all are ready for lent?

    Anyone giving anything up?

    Who goes to services and get ashes on their foreheads? Do people still do that?

    I remember when I went to a catholic elementary school we had to go to church on ash wednesday and get ashes on our foreheads.

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    Feb 21, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
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    Feb 21, 2012 5:16 PM GMT
    Import saidAsh Wednesday

    Disappointed. Thought you were referencing the fabulous 1973 Elizabeth Taylor film where Liz rocks Valentino in her final glam role as a middle aged hag who, in a last ditch effort to save her troubled marriage to Henry Fonda (playing himself, a cold bastard in real life), has radical plastic surgery which turns her into...Elizabeth Taylor! Despite befriending a gay photographer during their respective facelift recoveries who introduces her to the European jet set at a fancy ski resort where she embarks on an affair with a hot young Helmut Berger, the poor sympathetic Liz discovers it's all for naught.

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    Feb 21, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
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    ok yeah, we get it. Zombie Jesus, bla bla bla.
    I'm not actually talking about what u think may or may not have happened. I'm not interested in people mocking the season either. Like seriously, I get it.... it's a crazy idea...the whole resurrection thing, I know.



    I guess im talking more on a cultural basis. Do people still celebrate lent? Is it still relevant in today's society?

    Does anyone here still practice what it prescribes?
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    Feb 21, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidDisappointed. Thought you were referencing the fabulous 1973 Elizabeth Taylor film where Liz rocks Valentino in her final glam role as a middle aged hag who, in a last ditch effort to save her troubled marriage to Henry Fonda (playing himself, a cold bastard in real life), has radical plastic surgery which turns her into...Elizabeth Taylor! Despite befriending a gay photographer during their respective facelift recoveries who introduces her to the European jet set at a fancy ski resort where she embarks on an affair with a hot young Helmut Berger, the poor sympathetic Liz discovers it's all for naught.


    actually yes.
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    Feb 21, 2012 5:30 PM GMT
    Yea, we're going. Normally we would be at a party tonight that involves pancakes but we're taking a sabbath from our regular church until Holy Week so we are visiting another congregation tomorrow.

    My bishop and some other clergy will also be imposing ashes on anybody who wants them at the main train stations in the area and other public settings. It is a new thing called "ashes to go" which we hope will help busy people who want to observe Lent but don't have time.

    Also, at the end of our service you get a tissue to wipe the ashes off. We don't cotton to the idea (like the politician above) of parading around with it like that makes you a "better Christian".

    We don't require people to gives something up, although you can, and some do (probably because we're like 1/6 former Catholics). I try to add something positive practice(s) to my life instead.
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    Feb 21, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    I have a Lutheran coworker who invited me to a Fat Tuesday celebration.

    We are passing out Little Debbie's in a bar and handing out postage paid postcards to Postsecret so people can confess their sins.
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    Feb 21, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    Import saidI'm not actually talking about what u think may or may not have happened. I'm not interested in people mocking the season either.

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    Feb 21, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    Haaretz saidI have a Lutheran coworker who invited me to a Fat Tuesday celebration.

    We are passing out Little Debbie's in a bar and handing out postage paid postcards to Postsecret so people can confess their sins.
    Man I could use a good sin right about now. icon_cool.gif

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    I'm not Catholic but there are a few things I do want to give up, right after Mardi Gras seems like perfect timing.
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    Feb 21, 2012 6:20 PM GMT
    Born Baptist, raised Mexican-Catholic, went astray into almost every other religion, became non-religion specific spiritual, then born again into my brother's church, lost touch with reality, came back to my spirituality again. But do as you please.
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    Feb 21, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    I'm planning on going to a service at 6am. I don't yet know what I'm giving up.
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    Feb 21, 2012 6:48 PM GMT
    Unfortunately I will be at work. I work evening shift at a hospital. I can't help but think of one of my favorite comedians, Jim Gaffigan, and one of his skits.

    Here it is!!




    Hope you guys enjoy and get a laugh or two.
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    Feb 21, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    mujock83 saidI'm planning on going to a service at 6am. I don't yet know what I'm giving up.

    Chocolate was always a fun one to give up when I was growing up.
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    Feb 21, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
    I knew there was a reasion a felt like a nice thick steak this Wednesday morning for breakfast; it was yummy too
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    Feb 21, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    Am AGNOSTIC, Not Catholic, but I am working to give up virginity icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 21, 2012 8:36 PM GMT
    Protestant... no ashes... don't have to give anything up. We all win.
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    Feb 21, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    eltoro88 saidProtestant... no ashes... don't have to give anything up. We all win.


    I know that we all "sin"
    giving something up is not about u sinning or not. It's about sacrifice something u otherwise enjoy.

    Other religions do it too. Perhaps they call it fasting, etc.

    and I want to point out that I'm not some religious nut job either. In fact, I'm pretty much non-denominational, however always found it interesting to see how others go about this holiday of "sacrifice" and giving shit up for their sinful ways.
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    Feb 21, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    My understanding of abstaining (from meat, other rich foods, or a pleasurable but not necessarily healthy food or practice) is to help you use the season of Lent to focus and reflect on where your life is, and where you'd like it to be. This is easier to do from a "place" or lifestyle that is simplified and freed of distractions and temptations.

    I've also heard it explained that giving up something you enjoy helps keep you grateful for what you have.

    Some people use it as a personal test (a la 40 Days and 40 Nights) of their self-discipline or resolve.

    I think the decision to do so or not, and what you choose from which to abstain, is less important than the reason. If it is just to satisfy some church's "rule", why bother? They won't know if you accomplished it or not. If you plan to actually get or learn something from the experience, then it's worth it.

    Also it wasn't til I left the RCC and became an Episcopalian that I heard of the idea that Sundays IN Lent are not OF Lent and thus you can have whatever it is you've given up. I heard that from a priest who chose (and thus forced his family to choose as well, as he was the cook) to give up meat for the whole time. The only problem was he made such a federal case out of it to anybody who would listen that it completely defeated the purpose:

    Matthew 6:16

    16 ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.
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    Feb 21, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    Yes, I will attend services and receive my Ashes. No, I do not give anything up. I prefer to do something extra instead. I will go to Perpetual Adoration on the 1st of the month and I will try to read at least one Psalm everyday of lent. Lent is a time of renewal, reflection and penance. It is meant to bring one closer to our loving God.
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    Feb 21, 2012 9:52 PM GMT
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    TrueBlueAussie saidI knew there was a reasion a felt like a nice thick steak this Wednesday morning for breakfast; it was yummy too

    What's the connection?
    Well I've seen the Catholics down here promote no-one should eat meat on Ash Wednesday; what a crock. This is a protestant country Down Under, and I'll eat meat whenever I feel like it.

    I recall a number of years ago going the a Greek cafe for lunch on Ash Wednesday, and a group of catholic mothers were there and not hiding their disgust that meat was being offered. I did not hid my delight in ordering a meat dish for lunch. I'm sure our Head of State HM Queen Elizabeth II did not mind.
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    Feb 21, 2012 10:42 PM GMT
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    TrueBlueAussie saidI knew there was a reasion a felt like a nice thick steak this Wednesday morning for breakfast; it was yummy too

    What's the connection?
    Well I've seen the Catholics down here promote no-one should eat meat on Ash Wednesday; what a crock. This is a protestant country Down Under, and I'll eat meat whenever I feel like it.

    I recall a number of years ago going the a Greek cafe for lunch on Ash Wednesday, and a group of catholic mothers were there and not hiding their disgust that meat was being offered. I did not hid my delight in ordering a meat dish for lunch. I'm sure our Head of State HM Queen Elizabeth II did not mind.

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    Feb 21, 2012 10:43 PM GMT
    I attended Ash Wednesday services at my Episcopal church last year and yeah, had the ashes thing on my forehead. Hadn't thought about it much this year.
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    Feb 21, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    JinRDU said
    Man I could use a good sin right about now. icon_cool.gif

    +1
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    Feb 21, 2012 10:48 PM GMT
    The thought of giving up something at a prescribed time of year, because of a relentless and inflexible annual cycle, seems rather alien to me now. I was raised Catholic, but that's not something I've retained in my life.